Vivid Marketing, Inc. Attends East Coast Conference in Orlando, Florida
- Jul. 7, 2014 - COLUMBIA, Md. --
The Keynote Speaker was Eric Greitens. Greitens was born and raised in Missouri, where he was educated in public schools. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the Oxford University where he earned a Master's degree and a Ph.D. Greitens doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated how international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, Bosnia, and Bolivia.
Greitens also served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and was deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. He served as the Commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment, Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, and Commander of an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. In 2005, Greitens was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as a White House Fellow. In 2011, the Association of the United States Navy named Greitens the Navy Reserve Junior Line Officer of the Year. His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.
Greitens talked about many of his struggles in Navy Seal B.U.D.S. (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal)
training. He explained how everyone, no matter who you are, is responsible on the front line to take care of your team. Everyone has a front line in their life where they face challenges. The goal is to figure out how to create results when faced with challenges. Greitens' speech inspired many as he related everything back to the business world.
Greitens talked about how the “challenge”
always remains, whatever that “challenge”
may be. He stated, "In your life, every time you make a decision to confront your fear on the front line, your character evolves. Every time you make a decision to move through pain, your character evolves. Transformation is only built by a daily willingness to go through those challenges."
Another theme that Greitens elaborated upon was focusing on the task at hand. He believed it was focusing on each specific task that helped him get through his training and push past his mental, physical, and emotional thresholds. Greitens said his team knew there was a purpose at work that was larger than themselves, and they were able to push themselves past that limit to be able to be a stronger team.
Greitens closed by stating, "We all have an untapped capacity for courage, and the biggest struggle is just getting past yourself."