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I’m the collective knowledge embodied in all of you, our SchoolDude clients! You are more than just dudes and dudettes. You are valued members of the SchoolDude team. As for me, I’m your mascot! I represent the collection of experiences and knowledge that you, our clients have gained in managing their institution’s operations. I’m a symbol that ensures that the knowledge will be shared with those who will follow you. The symbol of keeping the faith, staying the course, and never ever quitting.
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Every now and then you hear an amazing survival story and you can’t help but wonder how did these heroes find the courage to push through and would you have it in you to overcome a similar situation? We invited one of those heroes, Aron Ralston, SchoolDude University 2014 keynote speaker to share how he found meaning in despair after surviving a hike where he accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand. During our informal Q&A session, Aron candidly answered several questions about his recovery, inspiration, and what it was like being approached about having a movie made about his story.
Aron will share his full story at SchoolDude University 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC on Sunday, April 6. He hopes his motivational speech will be a metaphor for the audience. It can be as easy as coming in with the top two things they’re worried about at work or at home right now. It’s his hope there’s something in his message that will offer a revelatory moment to help them with one of the “boulders” they’re challenged with in work or at home and to give them the strength to overcome that challenge.
“Smile from the gift that comes from removing your ‘boulders’ and find triumph in tragedy.”
Catch the full Q&A session with Aron here.
When asked what message or advice Aron had for students, he focused on accountability. He encourages students to be accountable for the choices they make and find the power to move forward when faced with the consequence of a perhaps not-so-good choice. “Establish a corner square that builds your character strength – problem solving, perseverance, resilience. The end point of an education process is developing people to have the skills that will lead to greater success in life,” said Aron.
Register for SchoolDude University 2014, Myrtle Beach, April 5-9, and hear his unbelievable, life-altering story of survival. Aron will deliver his inspiring keynote on Sunday, April 6. Learn more about Aron here.
SchoolDude University, now in its 12th year, is an exclusive conference for SchoolDude clients and education professionals in operations management, designed to provide them with the tools and training to improve schools. With three distinct tracks, this conference is ideal for: facilities, maintenance, technology, event scheduling, and energy professionals in education. Register today at