United We Stand: Curt Patrouille

I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Curt Patrouille on Sunday, February 28th. The main topic of discussion was resilience. What is resilience? It is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Curt did an example of resilience using an egg, basketball, and tennis ball. The egg was non-resilient, it cracked and splattered what hard time hit. The basketball almost bounced back to where it started, and the tennis ball was very resilient, it went flying into the air and hit the ceiling. Then he asked, what is a diamond? A diamond forms under extreme pressure and temperature, and it becomes something exquisite. Difficult situations actually make you a stronger person. Curt Patrouille experienced my adversities this far in his life. His mother passed away from cancer when he was 12 years old. His freshman year in college he was burned by an engine, 27% of his body was 3rd degree burns. His close sister was in a terrible car accident, and he has been in the United States military for many years. He gave some insight to the audience on how to develop resilience. He suggests you “hunt the good stuff.” Stop dwelling on the negative, we all have positive and negative this happen to use every day. He suggests if you want to be a more positive person, write down a positive thing that happens to you every day for 3 weeks. This will hopefully help you become more positive, and look for positives in your days rather than negatives. He also showed a very inspirational video regarding “Team Hoyt.” You can watch the inspirational, tear-jerking video on youtube by typing in “Team Hoyt.” He also talked about active, construction responding. He mentions that communication is not just about talking and if you want to develop real relationships you need to take direct interest in what people are telling you. He also told us that we should never let others dictate what determines success in our lives. Finally, he left us with “life nuggets.”

  • Do what’s right
  • Don’t sweat the little stuff
  • Never stop learning
  • We all have wolves

1o, 2 letter words to succeed: “IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME.”


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