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May 28, 2013

Digging deep to find the passion — Band members from Pauls Valley and Lindsay came together before the end of school for a real eye-opening experience meant to help them dig deep and figure out what’s really important in life for them.

Guiding them along during their recent gathering in PV was Scott Lang of Arizona, a former school band director who now makes the circuit as a motivational speaker.

The energetic Lang put on an animated workshop designed to help students learn more about leadership and what really drives them as individuals.

“Leadership and education shouldn’t be about putting things into you but about pulling things out of you,” Lang said. “I want you to be so good at one thing that you know why you’re born.

“All learning is based on the past and what we can prove. Neither of those prepares you for the future,” he said.

“If it makes you great it’s about what we can pull out of you. It’s about that one thing that you’re great at.

“I think leadership is you being the best you can be. My job is to get out what’s already in you. This is my genius. This is what I was born to do.”

Lang then led a series of writing exercises done very quickly meant to help students figure out what makes their bands great and the real “genius” locked away in each individual.

“The way to do that is knowing yourself better, he said.

“If you know what you’re looking at you know what you’re looking for,” Lang said.

“You never need to be scared to be you.”

Other key factors are figuring out the level of one’s sacrifice, which then reveals what they’re truly passion about.

“Do you quit 5 seconds early or go 15 seconds longer. Your sacrifice is the level of your passion.”

For Lang he combined his background in music education with a passion for leadership.

During the highly involved seminar Lang warned students the journey to discover one’s passion is heavily influenced by the culture they live in. It’s that influence, he said, that “drowns out what really drives us.”

“We always want the things we’re not,” he said. “By telling me what you don’t want you’re telling me what you don’t have.”

He also encouraged students to always question why even when told things by authority figures.

“Your responsibility is to use your abilities to respond.”

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