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Author Encourages Students to Pursue Dreams

Jeff Goins -103-LNashville blogger and author Jeff Goins encouraged students to pursue their dream without delay during a convocation lecture on Wednesday in the Massey Boardroom.

Goins shared the story of how he built the blog Goins Writer, which launched him into his dream career and the lessons he learned along the way.

“I became a professional writer without leaving my job, getting divorced or flaking out on my friends,” he said.

First, he had to surrender insecurities and realize that friends, fans and patrons are essential relationships to achieving his dream.

Goins also emphasized that it takes many hours of practice to improve a skill or make a product marketable. That includes not only doing the work frequently but also getting feedback from people knowledgeable in the area.

His final lesson to students was to get rid of the “all or nothing” mentality and instead plan, build bridges and use byproducts.

In 2011 and 2012, Goins’ blog was voted one of the “Top 10 Blogs on Writing” by WritetoDone.com. His first book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, spent two weeks in the Top 50 Books list on Amazon.com and is in second printing, selling over 20,000 copies in a matter of months. His most recent work is The In Between.

 

Belmont, Tennessee World Affairs Council Hosts Screening of Human Trafficking Documentary

Panelists discuss "Not My Life" following a screening of the documentary.

Panelists discuss “Not My Life” following a screening of the documentary.

Belmont University’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education and the College of Business Administration Center for International Business hosted on Monday the Tennessee World Affairs Council’s screening of “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheime.

More than 80 people attended the event held in the Massey Performing Arts Center, including Belmont students, students from area colleges, members of the public and area agencies who work to stop human trafficking. “Not My Life” is the first film comprehensively to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. The screening was part of a nationwide program sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation.

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life features more than 50 interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. It includes the stories of 10 year-old girls raped in truck stops in the United States and brothels in India, street beggars in Africa, and domestic servants in Washington, D. C. to  take viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept. (more…)

Fortune Magazine Editor: Practice Key to Great Performance

JMK_3760 (2)During a Wednesday convocation, Fortune Magazine Senior Editor Geoffrey Colvin shared how through practice, students can be just as successful as people perceived to have inherent talent. During his lecture titled “Talent is Overrated: Truths for Success,” Colvin illustrated how passion, values, ethics and learning are more important to corporations than hours worked or IQ, and demonstrated how world-class performance comes from specific ethical behaviors.

“Where does great performance come from? All of us carry around deep-seeded answers about this question. We want to talk about this because standards are rising everywhere,” Colvin said. “Everything is getting better all the time generally in business technology all of these devices are better, faster, smaller and cheaper every month.”

Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated, said while many people believe greater performance comes from hard work, memory or innate talent, the research shows that most geniuses, world-classes performers and athletes acquired their skills and notoriety through many years of practice. Conversely, child protégés grew up to become underachievers.

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Textbook Authors Educate Students on Ethical Leadership

AHP_8828 copy (2)Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell spoke to students about the vital role that ethical leadership plays in one’s career success on Wednesday in Massey Boardroom in a convocation event sponsored by the Belmont University Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics.

“Good business is good ethics. Good ethics is good business,” O.C. Ferrell said. “Your success depends on your character and your confidence in ethical practices.”

Ferrell asked the audience to reflect on the biggest challenges in the ethics arena and how to assure the maintenance of personal ethical standards.

“Strong ethics and social responsibility leads employees to be motivated to serve customers, committed to the firm, committed to high quality standards, satisfied with their jobs and have a higher organizational performance,” Linda Ferrell noted.

The Ferrells are distinguished professors of business ethics at the University of New Mexico. They have co-authored over 20 books and more than 100 articles in major journals and publications including the business ethics textbook used at Belmont.  In the academic environment, they are considered the foremost authorities on ethical decision-making, stakeholder relationships and social responsibility in the world of business.

The Center for Business Ethics seeks to bring people together in the discussion of business ethics, help empower business leaders to face the current crisis in business ethics and educate ethical business leaders for a better society.

Village Connects Students, Alumni Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship Village-119-LAlumna Kathleen Bond (’11) knew she wanted to own her own business, so she studied entrepreneurship while in the Honors Program at Belmont University. But it was two years later that the then-Turnip Truck manager would return to campus for insight at the Center for Entrepreneurship. With the guidance of professors, she and her parents purchased and remodeled a coffee shop in the Gulch.

“When we first started looking at Casablanca, background research could only get us so far,” Bond said. “We needed someone who could help us understand why they were trying to get out of the market and how we could make profits and lower costs.”

Entrepreneurship Professor Jeff Cornwall helped her parents see the big picture as investors, she said. Today Bond employs 17 people, including her younger brother and sister and oversees the 1,200-square-foot Bond Coffee Shop that serves paninis and bagels alongside its coffee.

Bond returned to campus again Wednesday to share her success story and promote her business during the second annual Entrepreneurship Village. In the amphitheater and surrounding the Bell Tower, 33 student- and alumni-owned businesses in the idea, early start-up and revenue generating phases showcased their innovation and creativity.

“I think by assembling this critical mass, we are able to share the quality, ability and volume of what’s been happening in the program. It is great for alumni to connect with current students, find interns and make contacts,” said Entrepreneurship Professor Jeff Cornwall.

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