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Motivation & Inspiration


Inspiring stories from fearless students.

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Yes, I get the opportunity to travel to campuses and talk to students about pushing through fear, but in my quiet moments, in the moments where it’s just me reading the fears I collected or reading a fearless story about how an audience member was able to overcome an obstacle; I […]

How Women Will End Hazing

[This article is based on content contributed by the author for publication in the upcoming book – Fall 2018 – by Hank Nuwer titled Destroying Young Lives: Hazing in Schools and the Military.] “The world will be saved by the western woman.” When the Dalai Lama, who called himself a feminist, made this statement at […]

24 Hours to Live

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Each year, thousands of students begin college afraid about what’s to come. Somehow, they think that they’re the only one feeling scared and nervous about what’s next, afraid of failure, and not entirely confident in their abilities. After reading 5,553 fears (and counting), If I had 24 hours to live and […]

3 Things We Can Learn From Students’ Secret Fears

What if you could jump into your students’ minds and see what is preventing them from being the person they aspire to be? For the past few years, I’ve collected thousands (and still collect) thousands of students’ fears as a way to connect and speak specifically to their internal struggles with the hope that it […]

Few Talk, Many Affected: Changing the Culture About Men’s Mental Health

Dr. Kevin Snyder has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for over a decade. He’s also a former Dean of Students, an author with a best-selling book, and a professional speaker with a wealth of unique expertise both in Student Affairs and in corporate America. We sat down […]

My Biggest Takeaways as a Non-traditional College Student

By: Ethan Fisher, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker It seems like college was only a short time ago. College was a part of my life for over a decade – and no – I’m not a doctor. In 1998, I started my freshman year, and I didn’t graduate with my first bachelor’s degree until 2010. I received my […]

How Women Will End Hazing

[This article is based on content contributed by the author for publication in the upcoming book – Fall 2018 – by Hank Nuwer titled Destroying Young Lives: Hazing in Schools and the Military.] “The world will be saved by the western woman.” When the Dalai Lama, who called himself a feminist, made this statement at […]

I spent 24-hours of my honeymoon playing soccer with Syrian refugees.

Ethan Zohn won a million dollars on the TV show Survivor and put the money to good use. As a philanthropist, entrepreneur and college speaker, Ethan dedicates his time to helping others in need and educating his audiences on how they can make a difference. Read his most recent article about how he and his wife […]

Building a legacy through leadership and service.

Service is an integral part of leadership. Not only do student leaders have the opportunity to inspire and guide their fellow students. They can also model the importance of serving our communities, and giving to those in need. Someone who modeled this for me was my mother. Here is a story about her: It was […]

I cannot make you change. But I can change me.

    “If only my spouse/child/parent/boss would change…” To focus our attention on what we can’t control produces suffering. You and I have limited resources. We have finite time, energy and attention. When we expend those resources on what is beyond our control, suffering ensues. That suffering is a sign. It means we’re out of […]

Leadership Misconceptions: How Extraordinary Leaders Inspire and Lead Differently

  Leadership is… action, not position. transformation, not a transaction. influence, not management. a verb, not a noun. Whether I am speaking to student audiences or corporate organizations, the challenges and frustrations I hear leaders talk about have common threads. The seasoned executive and department manager are very likely dealing with many of the same […]

Avoiding Ethical Negligence

If you were walking down the street, and you saw someone lying on the ground in obvious distress that you did not cause, would you help that person?  As an attorney, I am often presented with the question of whether something being contemplated is “legal.” The definition of legal is “something that is permitted by […]

5 Secrets of a Go-Getter Girl

  As we look forward to ushering in 2017, several goals and aspirations are in the rearview mirror. Some fulfilled dreams, some unfulfilled. Some exceeded goals, some not so much. Some incredible highs, some backbreaking lows. The go-getter girl in us reflects on the happenings of the past year, and she feels rejuvenated and incredibly […]

Build a purpose-driven career

   Adam (Smiley) Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a bestseller and #1 top-rated job-hunting book on Amazon. His next book will be published by Perigee (Penguin Random House) in 2016. He has inspired young professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work as director of community engagement for the Hive Global Leaders Program, […]

The DNA of Extraordinary Leadership: An interview with Dr. Kevin Snyder

Whether he’s speaking to college students or corporate executives, Kevin Snyder engages and entertains audiences by sharing powerful lessons of leadership inspiring them to think bigger, overcome adversity and work together to achieve common goals. Kevin has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for nearly a decade. He’s […]

Live Your Life

  When Jon Blais was 33, he was diagnosed with ALS and given 2-3 years to live. Devastatingly, he had to give up his teaching job along with his passion for teaching children with learning disabilities. Though his future was grim, Jon made the choice to “live fully” and dedicated his life to raising awareness […]

I Play the Tuba. And I Still Win at Life

There’s nothing valuable about being normal. “Normal” is easy. Normal can be found everywhere. If you could find a diamond just by walking down the street, it wouldn’t be worth nearly as much. The same principle applies to people. Sometimes we have to face the difficult reality that, at some point, we’re all just trying […]

What is Going Right?

It is so easy to look around our world or our communities and find the things that aren’t working. People hurting each other, abusing drugs or alcohol, losing their lives from violence and other causes, moral disengagement, anti-intellectualism, and more are common staples of headlines today. As a culture, we spend a great deal of […]

Finding peace, joy, and gratitude

As I have gotten older, my focus in life has changed a bit. I care more now about my family, friends, community, and work than I have in the past. I not only care about my professional success, but about the happiness that success brings to others. In my work I spend a great deal […]

Face your fears

I was five, and was going swimming with my father. Every afternoon that summer, my family would visit our neighbor’s pool, but today was different. This was the day I would jump off the diving board. I had been dreaming of this for months, but I still felt scared. Two weeks earlier, I had split […]

Five ways to survive change

We are all looking for love. We all want to belong, to create a life of meaning, to change the world for the better somehow. We all want to know that we matter. For us to do the great things we plan to do in this world, we have to grow and we have to […]

The millennial myth

I recently read an article written by a millennial named Sierra. The article started like this: “Dear baby boomers and Generation X, quit telling us we we’re not special. Believe me, we know.” I started really thinking about what Sierra said. I’m a millennial myself, and I want to make it clear that I’m not […]

Vision, belief, and action: The keys to leadership

It was 1952 and Florence Chadwick was attempting to swim the 26 mile trek from Catalina Island to the California shore. As she began, she felt determined and strong. Everything was going as planned. Fifteen hours later, however, a storm rolled in, and so did her stress. She became confused and disoriented. Believing she could […]

The power of gratitude

It was August and I was listening to my 99 year old friend Victor Tynes sing “What A Wonderful World.” I sat in awe as his smooth tenor voice sang every word with conviction and heart. One year shy of 100 and he sounded like a professional performing in a jazz club. Early in Victor’s […]

You don’t need another list to be successful

I love/hate lists and I’m not alone. The human brain is wired for organizing information and using it for effective problem-solving. That’s why we’re drawn to “The 7 Steps to Success” and “The 11 Laws for Loving Yourself” and “The 10 Can’t Miss Tips for Making Awesome Lists”. We crave actionable intelligence, (as the military […]