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Go Deep

Last Saturday I completed Part 1 of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).

This was my first RLI, but definitely not my last as I thoroughly enjoyed the six hours of courses, discussion, and information.

Leaving the session feeling empowered for service, I asked myself three questions.

  • In the 3 years that I've been in Rotary, why haven't I attended RLI before?
  • What have I really learned and how can I apply it?
  • How can I spread the word about RLI and when is the next session?
I am passionate about Rotary. How it helps people around the world, the friendships, the vocational support, and the community-centered approach it takes to all of its initiatives resonates with me.

But, one serious flaw that attending RLI pointed out in me is how little I truly know about what I say I'm "passionate" about. My attendance at RLI kindled a fire to go deeper with knowing Rotary. And that, Dear Reader, also where I challenge you: Go Deep.

If we say we are passionate about something, let's go deep into it.

If something matters to us, let's go deep

Let's commit the time to study and understand what matters to us. Let's become experts at our passions. 

This applies everywhere. Let this post sound the alarm for you: Go Deep in What You are Passionate About. 

With two of my fellow Rotary Club of Canton members, Peter Gleichman (left) and Keith Mahoney (right) who were discussion leaders.


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