Monday, April 1, 2013
The African American Male Initiative at the University of West Georgia hosted motivational speaker Dr. Earl Suttle in March. During the event, which was held at the Campus Center Ballroom, Suttle taught the audience how to achieve and maintain success in his motivational lecture session titled “Enjoying Excellence: Becoming the Greatest You Can Be.”
“If you want to be successful, train your mind first. Success starts in the mind,” Suttle said. Suttle is a renowned motivational leader and the founder of Leadership Success International, LLC in Roswell, Ga.
Suttle, who has taught business leaders and athletes from the National Basketball Association and National Football League, said that the skill that would have the most impact on a student’s professional life is personal selling. He also cited the importance of making impressions.
“It takes four seconds to make an impression on someone, four minutes for the impression to be confirmed and four years to reverse a negative impression,” Suttle said. He provided “Earl’s Pearls,” a five-point guide to achieving success professionally and academically. “Affirmation, alone time, a bounce-back attitude, the right associations and action are the five “A’s” to success,” he said.
Suttle also engaged the audience in several activities including one where each attendee was given a card with some words of encouragement on them and had to read out what the card said to the rest of the audience. The exercise was to build up the confidence of the attendees and encourage them to feel positive. He encouraged the audience to read and listen to motivational materials so as to develop and maintain a “success mentality.”
“I learned so much tonight that I will certainly apply as I go on through college and life,” said Uju Okponyia, a freshman student at the University of West Georgia. “I hope there are more events like this to help prepare students for the road ahead.”
Suttle said during the evening, “90% of success is showing up.” If so, then those who attended the event are definitely closer to achieving their successes.