Achieving goals - with advice from Kiwi heroes
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 / Articles
Our goal this year for NCEA is for 75% of our students to
achieve Merit or Excellence Endorsement.
Calling in the experts for some extra motivation, Victoria
Cross recipient Willie Apiata and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen headed a strong list of motivational speakers for Game Plan. Nearly 500 Westmount Year 11-13s from across New Zealand came to Auckland for the event.
The conversation took place as part of the bi-annual UBT
conference for community businesses and their employees. Involving students in
the event provided an opportunity for a final boost for the lead up to end of
Regional Principal Jon Bowen said it was an outstanding day
with a number staff describing “pinch me” moments.
“A clear stand-out moment was Sir Willie Apiata’s sharing
of a life moment with us. It was profound, I believe, for all people present.
Him recalling moments when he not only saved another life but put his own life
on the line to minimise risk for others will stick with us for the rest of our
The event provided plenty of useful take-homes:
Mike Allsop - airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and extreme marathon competitor
- Don’t be afraid to fail – it can kill your dream
- Get a strong
- Prepare for being overwhelmed at times. Strong plans can be hard
- Never give up
- You then cannot fail as you are always moving
“We are limited only by the limitations we set for
Kevin Biggar - adventure, problemsolver, strategist
- Adventure: A bold undertaking toward an uncertain but worthwhile outcome
- Break down
your projects and goals into simple steps
- What happens
in the final push of a project can be the difference between winning or losing.
Play to the final whistle.
Sir Willie’s contribution was profound. He presented his VC to us, for us to own a part of it for ourselves. He encouraged us to reflect on these important questions:
- What is your
Victoria Cross – your achievement?
- When we think of our achievements, are they for those around us or
just for us? (A challenging thought)
- Who is in
your team and what are your goals? Are we expecting the best from everyone on
our ‘team’? Are we supporting each other and encouraging each other to do our
- Rule Number
One is to lead yourself – be the best you can be every day
- Be open
- What are your "critical few" (the things you must deal with) - At school/in business; In your personal life?
- Keep a ‘Blue
- Be in the blue so much that it becomes your learned/natural
- Plan for the