08 November 2019 Phirum Duch   | News | Year 12  
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On the 4th of November 2019, the 2019-2020 Prefect Team was privileged to attend the National Young Leader’s Day at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre to a plethora of inspirational and motivational speakers, who shared their successes and defeats through life and the lessons they learned from them.

The first speaker, John Coutis was a living breathing example of resilience, self-discipline and determination. He spoke about the importance of parents and the paramount role they have in their children’s lives, and how we as the younger generation take what they do for granted. John further iterated the value of experience in shaping our individual and collective human experiences, saying that “Life is about getting out of your comfort zone.” John ended his speech by emphasising the importance of goal setting and the motivation they provide in times of hardship and the forward direction they put us on through our journey of life.

The second speaker was the former star of the Australian Diamonds netball team, she laid the foundation and importance of self-worth and image while also shining light on the doubts and 'negative voice' which occasionally pokes its head out in times of strife. She stated that 'the most powerful muscle in your body is your brain,' and the importance of training it to make it stronger is paramount. Bianca spoke further about the importance of surrounding yourself with positive and energetic people to drive and motivate you further, using her own experience on the Diamonds and the Block to do so. She finished speaking by saying, “Keep following what makes you feel good … find your strengths… own who you are.” 

Erin Molan, 9 network’s NRL sports presenter spoke next. She shared her life experiences and how they enabled her to grow as an individual allowing her to carry those lessons forward for the future. She further talked about the importance of hard work and that perseverance is greater than talent. Erin shared the harsh reality of life and the need to take criticism and feedback as a positive rather than a negative reflection of one’s self; in order to enable a sense of self maturation. She said, “You have a choice to let people affect you,” resonating with her message of standing up for yourself, “Don’t be a victim.” 

The final speaker of the day was Lachlan Smart, a former record holder for youngest person to fly across the world solo. His story embodied the notion of perseverance in the face of hardship, and the need to pursue your ambitions. Reiterating Molan’s message he said, “Setbacks are the foundations of success,” enunciating how one’s experience and stories can be used as tools to be further applied in the future. “It comes down to how bad you want something,” the lesson of resilience and determination was omnipresent through all the speeches on the day, its impact and importance in everyday life is taken for granted and Lachlan was able to project that within his speech. Lachlan finished of the day with a call to action, “Everybody in front of me is a leader of the future but that doesn’t mean you can’t be leaders of today.” 

On behalf of Homebush Boys High School, it was an honour and privilege to be able to listen and learn from such influential and talented individuals, the prefect body of 2019-2020 will take on the lessons and experiences shared by the speakers in order to grow as individuals but holistically as well while also helping to spread these messages throughout the school.

Written by Anshul Trivedi, Year 12