Developing the Leaders Around You

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Letter from Anita

Over this past week, our class has been learning about developing the leaders around us through a training course by John C. Maxwell. Please find below three nuggets of wisdom that I leaned from this valuable course that I chose to write about!

Your friend,


#1: Be an Unselfish Thinker

In session two, John Maxwell went over the ten kinds of ‘thinkers’ leaders are. I resonated with many of the points that were brought up in this part of the training, and the one that resonated with me the most was the tenth one: leaders are unselfish thinkers. The quote by Jack Balousek that accompanies this statement rang a bell for me: “Learn—Earn—Return. These are the three phases of life.”  It means that one must not think only for oneself—in the beginning, a leader learns, then they earn recognition or they ‘reap the rewards,’ and finally the leader must pass their knowledge and experiences on and help those around them to develop into even better leaders. This is important to me because in the past/for a period in middle school, I struggled with understanding the ‘why’ or ‘the point’ of continuing anything. My parents helped me grapple with this question of why I should keep going and the answer I have learned is to help and give to others. In other words, I was thinking only about myself and my existence—I was being selfish—and until then, I had not realized that I was missing out on helping others and being unselfish. Therefore, when John Maxwell talked about this, I decided that being an unselfish thinker as a leader is important to me; I must continue working on thinking about others rather than just myself. Accordingly, I will apply this idea/nugget of being an unselfish thinker to my leadership during upcoming leadership project/trip planning by prioritizing the needs and wants of others/my team over my own. For example, while I am picking a place to stop on the trip I am leading/planning, I may ask my team what they think is important and what they value and take that into account over what I myself want. Without a doubt, being an unselfish thinker is one of the most important and most door-opening actions one can implement with their leadership and their life to understand why they are doing what they are doing and to develop those around them.

#2: Be a Momentum Maker (not a Momentum Breaker, Taker, or Faker)

The second nugget of wisdom I learned that I chose to discuss in this blog post is that there are four types of people who affect momentum. The first type is Momentum Breakers, people who stop momentum; the second is Momentum Takers, people who sap/slowly drain momentum; the third is Momentum Fakers, who stage momentum even though there is not any; and finally, there are Momentum Makers, who start momentum. The first three types of people are unpleasant to have on the team. For instance, I knew people in middle school especially who were not momentum makers, and it was extremely frustrating and unpleasant to work with them on projects. This means they might not be potential leaders, or that at least they would have to work on this aspect of their leadership. Similarly, I too need to watch out that I am not a momentum breaker, taker, or faker either and ensure that I say and take actions that start momentum. Therefore, as a leader, I must ensure I am a Momentum Maker and remain aware of this while developing the leaders around me. I can do this during leadership project/trip planning by watching what I say and do all the time to reflect only an attitude of starting momentum with the team. For example, while planning leadership projects, I might start momentum by starting a discussion of asking everybody for their ideas. In short, I want to be a Momentum Maker because that is a way to be a great leader and I can model this to the team members and other leaders around me.

#3: Say and Do the Same

The final nugget of wisdom I chose is to live what I teach/say. The reason one should do what is right in addition to teaching what is right while modeling is that “when what I do and say is the same, the result is clarity” (Maxwell, 2014, p.15). On the other hand, “when what I do and what I say is different, the result is confusion” (Maxwell, 2014, p.15). Thus, it is very important that, as a leader and role model, I only teach or talk about what I have done before, that I be a Tour Guide (and take people to my destination) rather than a Travel Agent (who sends people to places where they have never been themselves). Thus, it is very important that, as a leader and role model, I only teach or talk about what I have done before, that I be a Tour Guide (and take people to my destination) rather than a Travel Agent (who sends people to destinations where they have never been themselves) as much as possible. This applies to me especially since I am thinking of becoming a leader with the role of a teacher/other similar role in my future. Additionally, I can apply this nugget while planning leadership projects/trips by telling others about activities I have done before. However, if I am talking about an action that I have not done before, I will point out that I have not done it before and stress that the idea requires further research. For example, while planning a trip destination, I may have ideas of how camping works (because of how my family travelled in National Parks in North America) that I choose to share. That would be an instance of ‘teaching’ what I have done. On the other hand, if I want to share an idea for the trip destination, I might draw my ideas from experiences that are not mine and I would have to point out the fact that I have not been to those places before. Ultimately, it is important to remember that a leader will lose credibility, leadership, connection, and respect if what they say and do is different.


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


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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 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


Justin C.

  • What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

I personally unlike many liked the hybrid system of learning. Although there were some cons, the hybrid system worked quite well for me. At home, there are no shortages of distractions, from my phone buzzing to computer games. But I was often more productive at home than I would usually be in school. This was probably due to the fewer social distractions rather than digital aspects of how I got distracted. I was also able to complete other pieces of homework early during lighter courses when I had that course’s work done. An example of this attribute was when we had a heavy load of TALONS work, and I was able to work on them more at home when my other course work was completed. Due to many leadership project reflections and not much in-class time we were expected to work on them on our own time. Hybrid learning allowed me more time at home to work on these independent projects more than the normal system would. 


  • How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience? 

Technology has helped me in a variety of ways. Applications, such as Microsoft Teams, guided us through the school year. We received our homework as well as our instructions for materials needed for in-person classes. Without the use of applications and programs like Teams, it would have made my grade 9 learning experience far more challenging.  An example of how technology benefitted my learning is in both of my Humanities courses where we were expected to type far more than usual. From September to June my typing speed jumped from a maximum of 50 to getting 90+wpm (words per minute). Because of this, I was able to take write my assignments for humanities and other courses much faster than it would be done by hand. I personally took full advantage of autocorrecting on word and Grammarly so that I would receive no marks off for any grammar errors that are spread throughout my work.  


  • How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience? 

As I mentioned earlier, at home there are no shortages of distractions, from my phone buzzing to computer games to communicating on Discord. There were many cases in which I would get tired of working on an assignment so I would message my friends or browse online for new YouTube videos to watch. I knew that it was not beneficial but, it helped me to take a mind break and gain further focus when the time came where it was absolutely necessary to focus on my work. 


  • Is there anything that you hope remains part of a school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?  

Here is a list of a few things that I hope remains a part of school when everything returns to normal: 

  • Quarter System 

I personally liked the quarter system over what I have heard the semester system is like. I prefer having two courses over a shorter period of time so you can focus on them more and don’t forget what you learned in the beginning during a final exam. 

  • Online Learning 

It was quite nice to have a choice when to wake up and get to work rather than being on a schedule on when you had to be at school and when you were finished. As I stated earlier I was often more productive as I didn’t have as many social distractions which allowed me to work more independently at home. 


  • Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects… 


This year, both my In-Depth project and Photography course used plenty of digital technology in many different formats. For example, in my In-Depth project I was constantly using Zoom to meet with my mentor to learn ASL. Using zoom was essential due to Covid as it prevented us from meeting in person. In Photography 10 I got to learn how to use a camera in all of its functionalities such as learning how to properly balance ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. I then learned how to use Photoshop to edit photos and create cool images which you can see below. (Keep in mind that it was my first time using a drawing tablet for the tracing image and combining photos in photoshop.) Technology was able to enhance my photos using the advanced cameras we have today and programs like Adobe Photoshop.