Sunday, November 12, 2006

NaLDS 2006 by Zdeněk

NaLDS. National Leadership Development Seminar.
Germany, St. Andreasberg, 6. - 12.11. 2006

What did I expect from NaLDS? Honestly, I did not expect a lot. I have this problem of mine, that sometimes I expect a lot when I should not expect anything and then do not expect anything when there is no reason why not to expect. And NaLDS for me was the second case. Writing my application, with which majority of delegates probably spent an evening I did not spend a lot of time at all. Well, surprisingly I made an exception and managed to persuade myself to read it after myself one more time what I have never done before with some other application. “Everybody says NaLDS is great, so I should probably at least read it after myself”, I thought.

I really did hear a lot about NaLDS. But after a few conferences that were claimed to be absolutely great, but did not really fulfill my expectations concerning professional development benefits, I have expected very little and felt that I have done enough taking my almost an hour to do the application. However, I was so wrong, as it happens from time to time :-)

NaLDS for me was the most influencing moment in my AIESEC career, maybe in my life so far. Never before did I think so deeply about my values, never before did I consider how much my behavior actually corresponds with what I believe in, deeply inside. Never before did I think so deeply about what may other people think about me and how I may be perceived because of how I behave. Never before did I question myself and had been questioned by others about deep issues of my complicated personality. Never before NaLDS did I have the feeling, that I really want to change my behavior towards the world and people around me. Never before did I decide to challenge myself not only in my professional life, but in my personal life as well. Never before did I realize, that I am not at all living the values that I truly believe in. Never before did I ask myself, why in the hell do I feel some way and act some other way, just because I am unsure about what the others will think or simply I am afraid of their reaction. Actually never before did I deeply think about my values at all, putting them on paper and thinking about them, discussing them with all the amazing people at the conference. Never before did I think about my vision concerning my PERSONAL and professional life.

NaLDS for me was quite a depressing, intensive and exhausting experience. Of course, nobody wants to find him/herself being wrong. Nobody wants to find out, that there are certain things, that he/she did not really think about and maybe if he/she did, life may have been much easier or at least less complicated. Nobody wants to really acknowledge his weaknesses and faults. It does take some character and personality to be able to do so. That is why it is so hard and unfortunately not too common among “common” people, in my opinion.

So what did I get out of NaLDS? Inspiration. Inspiration for so many things. Inspiration, that I believe will play a very important role in my whole life. It is quite hard to be concrete and try to explain in detail what is NaLDS about. NaLDS means different things to different people. We all are different, that is why we have different thoughts, different problems, frustrations, strongs and weaknesses. That is why being a human is so beautiful and so complicated. If you ever get a chance to go to NaLDS, do it. Do your best to get there. It is worth it. Maybe you will then agree with me, or maybe you will not. And if not, I guarantee, that it will be an awesome experience anyway.

“You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine who you want to be.” Unknown



  • Hey Zdenek,
    nice post. Everyone find their spirit at NaLDS. It is an extraordinary conference, which changed also my life...

    By Blogger Paja, At January 12, 2007 8:11 am  

  • Zdenek,
    you are completely right.
    NaLDS is unforgettable experience. It has been more than one year since I was there and I still feel "the NaLDS impact".


    By Blogger Petra, At January 14, 2007 9:27 pm  

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