Yes I had 6 brain surgeries by the age of 7. I have had 4 concussions in my life that I count. You may ask yourself how I can see myself as a victor. Well I never let my surgeries and concussions get me down for long. There was always a job to be done. Rehab from a surgery or accident that led to concussion. School homework, baseball drills, running track and just trying to achieve normal kid goals no matter how long it took. To say I am stubborn and humbly speaking an overachiever I will gladly accept those compliments but only for a moment because there is always something new to achieve.
Some of my goals as an adult have been achieved. I am well educated but never feel I have all the answers. I seek knowledge as my dad told me many years ago that I would make my way in this world with my brain, pen and paper. Little did he know that being an author, blogger and speaker would be in my future when I was a boy.
None my hopes. dreams, dreams and accomplishments would have ever come true without my faith in God, my family or friends that encouraged me. I must sound like a broken record but I am not a arrogant individual that thinks they live life on a island by themselves. My supporters were many and they have continued to stay with me on my journey through the good, bad and the ugly of life.
My new goals in life are to be the best I can be in the literary and eventually back in the motivational speaker’s community. Should I ever go back to university a Master’s Degree in Sociology would be a goal that would connect with my B.A. in Leadership Development. I even like writing about the journey of people and civilizations as I have studied in Mexico and grew to love the people ,there culture, music and language.
So brain injury is an obstacle and yes I do have my bad days and will probably take anti epileptic medication due to my surgeries for the rest of my life. These facts of my health are relevant and need to be treated with respect. However I am a role model to my nephews, the disability, brain injury communities and in my profession as a writer.
I have had to go through the stages of grieving denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance and letting go to move forward and gain peace and freedom. This is my hope for all who read my blog. Whatever life has put in your path you can overcome and be victorious. You can be someone’s hero in your family, your community and in the world. There is greatness in all of us if we dig down deep and stand up and say I want to lead, be a role model and encourage the gifts in others lives.
By Ty Stingel
I strive to be a great leader. This is a lofty goal and is not arrogant just self confident. When your a entrepreneur,writer, speaker, blogger and disability advocate taking chances is a big part of being successful. Having a good team of positive and creative people that can support your work is equally important. Positive momentum is key in business and my own life,
My goal as a leader is to raise up other leaders and encourage other writers, speakers, disability community to find their voice and to use their talents wherever their jobs and lives take them. Today I was excited to find out that I am officially a member of the Alberta Writer’s Guild based in Edmonton. Other authors and leaders in the literary community can edit, advise and support my poetry and book projects. This is a honor to belong to this group.
To empower, encourage, work side by side with other co workers or employees is apart of my leadership philosophy. I believe in having a victorious outcome to any project or program I have been apart of as a student, employee or entrepreneur. I need my best effort and of others to good that the day of work had positive results. Also to examine what can be done better in the days work to come. Setting goals and achieving those goals no matter the odds whether short term midterm or long term goals for whatever team or myself has given me a game plan to follow whatever organization one is apart of in life.
What are your goals as a leader? Yes you are a leader if only for your life. You can follow your dreams and seize each day. To those who are bosses what are your goals and dreams personally or professionally. What are your abilities? What parts of your job do you get most excited about.
For athletes what are your goals as a leader? I have affection for athletes who are leaders especially in baseball and hockey. My favorite leader in the making is my oldest nephew who loves to win and was captain of his hockey team at the age of 8. He is never satisfied with his performance and wants to get better.
Where did I learn about leadership. Well my original and prominent examples of leadership is my mom and dad. Have had my surrogate grandparents as a wonderful example as well. They are both retired school teachers and always led by action first and words second. They have left a great legacy of leadership. Their have been teachers ,professors, missionaries, and bosses that have made an imprint on my life as well. My hope is I can live a life of being an honorable leader.
What is your leadership story? Would love to hear how you have strived to be a great leader. May your journey be full of knowledge seeking, partnerships and success. Be brave and be great leader.