As a Collector at American Profit Recovery I have been presented with several opportunities to improve my skillsets and gain knowledge on our ever-changing industry. Having attended these events I’m always struck by the number of people who seemed to be zoned out on their cell phones, counting the number of minutes until the next break. I assume these individuals were just looking for a day away from the office or were “voluntold to attend. No matter how vast your knowledge is on a certain subject matter there is always more to learn and different opinions to consider. So, at every event I attend I like to have at least one takeaway that will benefit me.

Just last week I had the pleasure of attending the “Leadership and Teambuilding Conference” presented by Skillpath. The all-day seminar consisted of several interactive sessions with topics ranging from communication skills to working effectively with different personality types.  While all these sessions had valuable information my biggest takeaway came from a discussion about the value of mission statements. The speaker suggested developing your own personal mission statement. Something you can live your life by. I’ve heard of companies developing mission statements, but have never thought about the idea of creating a personal mission statement. I thought it was a great idea. Since the seminar I’ve had some time to think long and hard about what I value most in life and have developed a personal mission statement. I have it written down and truly think it will help with my mindset, improve upon my attitude, and create a more driven focus.

So, next time you’re away from the office at a conference I suggested you try and find at least one bit of advice to apply towards your life. Have an open mindset and treat it as an opportunity rather than an obligation. It may just end up being very beneficial to you.