DECA Career Analysis

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"Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players." ~ Larry Bird

The problem was, I let it get to my head. Sometimes early successes can do that. I didn’t know what to expect when I first joined DECA, but I knew I wanted to win. I would hustle to be the first at the workshops and dive for any opportunity to hone my skills. At my first competition, I achieved my goal: I brought my school a first place trophy. Dubbed the DECA prodigy, I gained popularity. Not wanting to stop there, I aspired to become an officer — to be more involved and gain more out of the club. Instead of just being a role player on
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Without a title, I didn’t feel deserving of the first place trophy. I lost my competitive fire. Yet I still continued DECA in my sophomore year because I valued the team camaraderie I had found in the organization. That’s when I met my first protégés. Two freshmen approached me for help with their DECA reports. Wanting to prove to myself that I was worthy of the officer position, I chose to mentor them. Over the next couple of months, I prioritized the students’ report over my own, sharing all the resources I had previously used to succeed. They were adept, but the material overwhelmed them. It irritated me that they couldn’t grasp the material easily. Determined not to fail again, I assessed the problem. I realized I needed to adjust my attitude as a mentor and have more patience. Forcing them to comply with my methods would not help them learn. Instead, I made it about them, appealing to their interests and altering my teaching method to their style of learning. That did the trick. Thoroughly explaining each concept awarded them a firm understanding on the concepts. At the next conference, it was more rewarding to see them up on stage receiving a plaque than to be there
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