John C Maxwell 3 Nuggets Reflection

John C Maxwell, 3 Nuggets Reflection

Nugget 1:

  • Leaders are big-picture thinkers.

This nugget illustrates that as a Leader you think bigger and see more things than the people you work with, and it is your job to be able to communicate those ideas and teach the people you’re working with how to paint and admire the bigger picture as well. And as a Leader you also see incoming problems and successes before others, and it is also your job to warn your group before this happens.  Additionally, you can comprehend abstract concepts better than anyone else. And you see all challenges and projects through multiple different views and lenses, a bigger picture. Hence the name “big-picture thinkers.” Not only this, bigger-picture thinkers know what they want their end result to look like, which means they can set appropriate goals for the group. Being a big-picture thinker is relevant because it defines effective and in-depth leadership, it’s a significant skill that is key to good leadership. It’s important to me as I like to exercise this skill as much as I can. I use this skill during leadership planning to first, set a goal for the group, and second, give the group as many ideas as I can think of and try to remind the group to approach planning in different ways. On the upcoming trips I will use big-picture thinking to plan our trips more creatively and effectively, and to make sure to help grade 9’s see the different sides of the coin and the rest of the picture. Such as lessons on why these trips are important to the TALONS community, and why planning needs to be so thorough (to make the trips fun and safe of course.)

Strategic Thinking Behaviors to Better See the Big Picture | LSA Global

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Nugget 2:

  • A Pint of example is equal to a Gallon of Advice

This nugget explains how showing others what something is and what it means is way more productive and helpful than telling them without an example. For instance, I can tell one of the Grade 9’s how to write forms for a leadership event or trip, and hope they understand what I’m saying and implement it correctly. However, advice has a few fatal flaws. First, everyone approaches advice differently, I might give advice that means one thing, but someone might take it as a totally different thing. Second, advice isn’t always complete. It’s very hard to give in detail, step by step instructions on how to do anything. Without those instructions, how can you be sure that anyone is doing what you asked them to do correctly. Example is much better than advice as you can physically show someone what you want them to do instead of giving them instructions. Hence the idea of “A pint of example is equal to a gallon of advice.” This metaphor is very similar to the saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words.” People do what people see more than people do what people hear. This is important in leadership as it’s advice for leaders to show people they’re working with on what to do and how to do it instead of giving them instructions and nothing else. I can use this on upcoming leadership planning by stepping up and showing the 9’s the how to’s. I made sure to use plenty of examples while planning the fall trips by actually partially writing on the draft form to show the 9’s how to write one and showing the 9’s past Go-Gear checklists as well instead of just telling them how to make one. This isn’t only an important part of leadership, but in everyday life as well. Show, don’t tell. I use this all the time teaching my little sister how to do math, or even playing volleyball.

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Nugget 3:

  • Work on yourself more than you work on others.

This nugget describes the significance of why you must work on yourself more than you work on others, because your leadership challenges start with yourself and change with yourself. To help others, you must first learn to help yourself. And to lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself. This is because how can you expect to lead other people when you yourself don’t have good leadership qualities, or how do you expect to teach others when you yourself do not know what you’re teaching. As a leader it is your job to first, learn the material you’re teaching, and to show improvement in yourself before you want to improve others. You can’t show effective leadership if you aren’t an effective leader. This nugget is very relevant to me because I used to find myself leading a group that I’m either not capable of leading, either through experience or lack of knowledge (or both), or I’m just not a reliable leader. There have been many group projects in middle school where I tried to delegate tasks and make sure everyone was doing their jobs. Sometimes these projects went super smoothly, but ironically enough, after doing my best to lead the group, I myself contributed the least and didn’t do what I told others to do. After experiencing multiple instances of this happening, I can now recognize the importance of improving oneself before getting others to do the same. On future TALONS trips, I’ll make sure I know what I’m doing and to test if I’m ready to lead the 9’s. But most importantly, I will continue to hone and improve my leadership skills. Have it be through volunteering to lead outside of the timetable or just focusing on being a better person in general.

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Maxwell, J. C. (2014). Developing the leaders around you, Participant Guide. The John Maxwell Company.

Comment below on why you think these nuggets are important to you!


Developing the Leaders Around You – Justin C.

Justin C.

Leadership 11

Developing the Leaders Around You

#1: The Law of Explosive Growth: To Multiply Growth, Lead Leaders

Whenever you are leading a group of people you want there to be growth. This growth might show itself through work getting finished, ideas being created, or almost anything productive that grows the team. Adding growth is great, but multiplying growth is even better, and that’s a big idea, “To Multiply Growth, Lead Leaders”. In TALONS we’re given a unique opportunity to work closely with other leaders. This might mean stepping up into an even bigger leadership role, yet it also creates opportunities to be led. Since we have so many leaders, we can lead those leaders around us, and multiply growth. This is crucial because as leaders we always want to find the best solutions and work together as a team, and in a team, with lots of leaders, we can use all our abilities together and multiply growth instead of just adding growth like any followers. Take our trips for example. We have job leaders, committee leaders, and overall leaders. The overall leaders are leading the other leaders. So instead of that first leader having to guide everything and simply add growth to our trips, now we have the other leaders stepping in as well and leading their smaller groups. This goes on and on to the point where we can maximize our efficiency as a group. Normally people can’t plan a trip in a few hours yet year after year TALONS does exactly that. That’s why multiplying growth is so crucial, and we do that by leading other leaders, or by having leaders lead us. It’s all a cycle.

#2: Leaders Think Differently

Leaders are different than everyone else. If everyone was the same there would be no such thing as a leader. However, there are leaders and what separates them from other people is the way they think. Leaders think differently. There are many ways that leaders think differently, and in some way or other leaders utilize all of them when they lead. For example, leaders see the big picture, or maybe they’re creative and strategic thinkers, or maybe it’s the way they think unselfishly and shared, or realistically and reflecting, but no matter what they do leaders think differently. There are many ways of thinking, and if I want to become a better leader, I need to get better at all these different ways of thinking. Right now, I’m mainly a realistic, strategic, and big picture thinker. These are the ways I think differently as a leader. However, If I want to grow, even more, I need to strengthen other ways of thinking like focused, creative, and unselfish thinking, all three of which I struggle with. Being a leader is about growing as a leader and to grow as a leader thinking differently is key. When I plan a cultural event with other people you always need to think differently. This year more than ever with new events, we had to solve problems and work together. Unselfish thinking (Three cohorts working together on one event), big picture thinking (making sure everything is ready the night of movie night), and shared thinking (keeping everyone on the same page with meetings, etc.) were all a big part of our success as a collective, and each of those was a way we as individual leaders had to think differently.

#3: Work on Yourself More Than You Work on Others

Nobody is perfect. As a leader, you do your best to run your team smoothly. This takes communication and building those around you, so you can get the best out of your team. Since you work a lot on your team, you also need to make sure you work on yourself. If you can’t model it then why should you be telling others to do it? Leaders need to constantly grow as well, and you do that by putting work into yourself. That’s why you need to work on yourself more than you work on others. You can’t expect someone to listen to you and let you lead them unless you model what you want them to do. In TALONS we’re all leaders, but we’re nowhere near perfect. The TALONS model uses the Grade 10’s to help teach the Grade 9’s. That’s because the 10’s have the experience to lead. They worked on themselves the previous year and now can properly model what needs to be done. Your Grade 9 year is where you can work on yourself as a leader and gain the essential skills to do so. You learn how to work together, how to communicate, and how to get work done. Then in Grade 10 you know what you’re doing and can model for the Grade 9’s what was modelled to you last year. In Grade 10 we have lots of the skills we need to lead, but we continue working on ourselves as well. This whole “Developing Leaders Around You” is proof of that. We are not perfect, no one is, and we always need to be growing as leaders.



Maxwell, J. C. (2014) Developing the Leaders Around You. The John Maxwell Company.

Peer Interview Reflection

Justin C


Ms. Wasstrom

October 30th 2021


Hello reader, I will be reflecting on the process of interviewing a peer to practice for my eminent person interview.

Although this practice interview was with someone that I already have a solid connection, Dylan, I found this process to be quite insightful. I found that my ability to come up with questions on the spot was better than I had anticipated. My interviewing process went smoothly and I was able to keep a professional appearance. I maintained a good amount of eye contact and had generally good posture and body language throughout the interviewing process. I found a few things that I could improve on myself, as well as feedback from my peers which I will discuss below.

My main takeaway from the Eminent person practice interview is that I need to show my interviewee more excitement about and interest in what they are saying. One of the pieces of feedback I received was that my voice was a bit monotone and lacked expression. I can work on this by well, putting more expression in my voice. This will make the interviewee understand that I am engaged and I care about the interview as something more than just a school project. An aspect I noticed in myself was that sometimes I would stretch one question much longer than I needed. Although this wasn’t written on my feedback sheet I noticed that I would often ask 3 or more follow-up questions that would end up being a big use of time. In the future, I can fix this by limiting myself to fewer follow-up questions (or ones that are more relevant to my upcoming questions) to be more precise and make better use of my time.

This interview assignment was a very valuable learning experience for me in which I got to know my strengths and weaknesses as an interviewer. I will use the feedback that I got from Alexandra while interviewing Dylan to allow me to have a successful interview in the future, as I search for someone to interview and eventually conduct the interview.

Eminent Introduction Blog Post Reflection

Eminent Introduction Blog Post Reflection:

I had a lot of fun looking at the posts of other TALONS students.  All of them were super well written and I learned a lot of new things about a lot of new people.   Who knew a guy named Khan is the mastermind behind Khan Academy? Or that Naomi Osaka is also a fashion star? These blog posts have enlightened me. One thing I realized after feedback on my own blog and glancing at others is I should have added a video featuring Mike Shinoda in my blog post. This feedback will hopefully inspire me to be more interactive in future blog posts, and overall to put more effort in to do better. I believe that reflecting on these blog posts has also made me more accustomed to what eminent is going to look like this year. I am looking forward to the Eminent interview. and what this project has to offer. Thank you!

Since I did not include any performances or videos featuring Shinoda in my introduction blog post, I have decided to put one here.

  • HERE is Mike Shinoda performing in 2018 at Reading Festival in honour of Chester Bennington (rest in peace.)

Eminent Person Intro Reflection

Justin C

Humanities 10

Ms. Wasstrom

October 24th 2021


Looking at others blogs was a fun process in which I gained valuable knowledge about many eminent individuals from a variety of backgrounds. From my classmates I received great feedback which will help me improve my next blog posts in the days to come. I gave positive feed back to my peers and gentle feedback when needed. I got to learn about Fashion Writers like Tavi Gevinson, Mathematicians such as Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Nobel-Prize winners like Malala Yousafzai. Each of these individuals were unique and impacted the world in a positive way. For example, Malala has been speaking up for women’s education rights since she was little by protesting against the actions of the Taliban, since she was only eleven! Tavi Gevinson was a fashion icon who began her own fashion blog called the Style Rookie at the age of eleven, as a cause of boredom gaining a following of over 50,000 people. These are just a few of the examples of the many eminent people that we will be seeing this year. I am very excited!

By commenting on others posts this did not only help them improve their future posts, but it will also help me improve my blog. Looking at my peer’s blogs as a second set of eyes allowed me to discover aspects of their posts that I could use to improve mine and give solid feedback. Overall, I had a great time reading my peers blogs, and this experience and the comments I received on my post will allow me to improve my writing as a whole in my next blogs. I am excited to continue and I hope you enjoy my posts to come.


Stay Tuned, Justin C


Eminent Person Introductory

Justin C

Humanities 10

Ms. Wasstrom

October 22, 2021


Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee — Bruce Lee

“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

Who was Bruce Lee?

   Bruce Lee was born in 1940 in San Francisco, while his parents were on tour with the Chinese Opera. He was raised in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee was a child actor appearing in more than 20 films. At the age of 13, Bruce started studying wing chun gung fu under the wing chun master, Yip Man. Bruce left Hong Kong at the age of 18, came to the United States and made his way to Seattle, Washington where he worked in the restaurant of a family friend. He soon enrolled in the University of Washington where he pursued a degree in philosophy. Bruce began to teach gung fu in Seattle and soon opened his first school, the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. Two more schools followed in Oakland and Los Angeles. During this time Bruce married his wife, Linda and had his two children, Brandon and Shannon. In the mid sixties, Bruce was discovered while doing an exhibition at the Long Beach Internationals and a role as Kato in the tv series The Green Hornet soon followed. During this time, Bruce was also developing his own martial art, which he ultimately named Jeet Kune Do (the way of the intercepting fist).

   After “The Green Hornet” series was canceled, Bruce encountered resistance while working in Hollywood and so headed to Hong Kong to pursue a film career. In Hong Kong he made 3 films, which consecutively broke all box office records and showcased martial arts in an entirely new way. Hollywood then took notice and soon Bruce was making the first Hollywood and Hong Kong coproduction with a film called “Enter the Dragon”. Unfortunately, Bruce Lee died in 1973 before this film was released. This film catapulted him to international fame. Today Bruce Lee’s legacy of self expression, equality, and pioneering innovation continues to inspire people all around the world which brings me to why I chose him.

Bruce Lee might be the 'father of MMA' – UFC president Dana White said it, but the kung fu icon's only official fight against a boxer was mixed martial arts | South

[Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon]

Why have I chosen Bruce Lee?

   Bruce Lee left an enormous impact as not only one of the greatest martial artists of all time but as someone who broke many stereotypes and changed movie culture forever. New martial artists like Donnie Yen have stepped up to inherit the legacy of Bruce Lee. Although he was renowned for his martial arts expertise and who helped popularize martial arts movies in the 1970s his strength was more than physical. He became one of the biggest pop culture icons of the Twentieth century, and he is often credited with changing the way Asians were presented in American films. Lee broke many stereotypes and implemented a change in the Film Industry that is evident today. His greatest strength was his determination and willpower to work harder than anyone else would. Bruce Lee showed us that strength isn’t determined by the size of the man. Strength is determined by a man’s determination, dedication, motivation, and fearlessness. All of which he showed us relentlessly throughout his time on earth. He was talented and had everything to be successful, but in the end, what put him over the top was his persistence and determination not to give up. He overcame major obstacles in his path on his rise towards personal and global success including poverty, racial prejudice, injuries, and lost opportunities. Rather than feeling defeated, he successfully used each one of the obstacles and challenges he faced as fuel to propel himself into greatness. If he had given up, the world would have never known him as one of the greatest martial arts fighters of all time. 

I am looking forward to researching Bruce Lee in the upcoming weeks of Eminent.

Thank you for reading, feel free to leave a comment below.



Adam Augustyn (Unknown) Bruce Lee

Andrew Mulvania (Unknown Date) Ip Man: The Man Who Taught Bruce Lee to Figh

Bryan Robinson 23 (November 2005) In Bruce Lee’s Shadow: Asians Struggle to Create New Hollywood Images

Lystia Putranto (April 3, 2015) The Inspirational Life of Bruce Lee

Eminent Person Introduction Blog Post – Mike Shinoda

Eminent Person Introduction Blog Post

“When we started the band, it was because we were waiting for a sound that never happened. We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves. “   – Mike Shinoda¹

Mike Shinoda: Don't be ashamed if you're hurting - BBC News

(Shinoda in 2018,  Photograph by Getty Images)

Personal Connections:

I listen to a lot of music, and funny enough, Mike Shinoda just so happens to produce a lot of said music. Additionally, he is one of the reasons I started listening to any music to begin with. Back in 2013, I fondly remember watching a YouTube game compilation with “In the End” playing continuously in the background. This chance encounter led me to start gradually listening to more and more music. Nostalgia and the fact that I strongly enjoy Linkin Park’s/Mike Shinoda’s music is why I am pursuing him for Eminent. My favourite album from Linkin Park has got to be “LIVING THINGS”. I may get into learning how to create my own music because of him.

I can connect to Mike Shinoda as he is an Asian-American who strangely enough also has a Bachelor in Illustration, which skills he now uses to create album art.  As a fellow Asian-American and person who loves to draw as a hobby, I can wholeheartedly respect Shinoda. Shinoda is a great leader and group member, shown in his work as the co-founder of Linkin Park. Mike received the nickname The Glue from one of his band members as he “held everything together.” He has also collaborated with numerous other artists to shape his music. I aspire to improve my leadership and collaboration skills to the level of Shinoda’s. This is funny enough a skill I’m working on very diligently in TALONS. I also wish to be as creative, unique, and original as Shinoda is with his music and art. Most importantly, I strive to make a lasting positive impact on the people around the globe.

Mike Shinoda

(Mike Shinoda in 2018, Photograph by Ana Ginter)


Xero was a band formed in 1996 by 3 high school friends, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson. After graduation, they slowly began to take music more seriously. They later recruited Joe Hahn, Dave Farell, and former vocalist Mark Wakefield. Struggling to find a record deal, Mark left Xero. After recruiting Chester Bennington, Xero changed their name to Hybrid Theory. The band finally signed with Warner Bros. Records as a “developing artist” in 1999. Having to change their name again to Linkin Park. Warner Bros. was initially skeptical of Linkin Park’s early recordings, as they did not like the band’s rock and hip-hop approach to music. The label wanted Mike Shinoda either demoted or fired from the band. However, Chester Bennington stepped in and defended Shinoda’s vision for the album.

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(Linkin Park in 2000, Photograph by James Minchin III)
Mike Shinoda is second from the right.

Mike Shinoda’s Linkin Park instantly became an international sensation after their debut album “Hybrid Theory.” Which was not only the bestselling album of 2001 but also became certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005. And it’s now sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Future albums such as “Meteora”, “Minutes to Midnight”, and “LIVING THINGS” have all continued Linkin Park’s success. The band is one of the best-selling worldwide, with over 100 million records sold. They have also won many awards, such as two Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards. Eleven of Linkin Park’s singles have reached number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs list. They are ranked as one of the greatest bands of the 2000s. Musical artists influenced by Linkin Park include The Chainsmokers, Blackbear. The Weeknd and Imagine Dragons. Furthermore, Shinoda has many successful solo projects and songs, such as “Remember the Name” and “Post Traumatic” in remembrance of Chester Bennington, who sadly committed suicide in 2017. Rest in peace.  These accomplishments make Shinoda’s and Linkin Park’s music timeless.

Mike Shinoda’s Linkin Park transformed music with their original spin on evolving sound. Linkin Park is also a main source of nostalgia, hope, and inspiration for many people. Shinoda never gave up his dream of pursuing music. He knew what he wanted to do, and how to do it. The fact that he can also play a multi load of instruments and rap well is unbelievable too. These are the reasons I use to believe that Mike Shinoda is indeed Eminent.  Something we can all take away from studying Mike Shinoda is “This is ten percent luck, Twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, Five percent pleasure, Fifty percent pain, And a hundred percent reason to remember the name. “(Shinoda, 2005,  00:22)

Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

(Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington performing, 2014,  Photograph by Christie Goodwin)


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Favourite songs of mine from Linkin Park: