Scott Wylie: A man who started not his first or second, but his fourth bank (Western Bank) in 2004, has a passion for music, and plays both piano and brass. Wylie came and spoke to the Pioneer Leadership Program classes of 2020 and 2021 to educate us on his perspective of leadership and how we can use what he has learned to achieve our goals. From his introspective research on leadership, he designed seven steps to help us follow our personal passions.
Do what you love. Don’t settle for following the path of someone else, pave your own way.
Dare to be outstanding. When going through life, take the risks, because often times those are the only things that will make you stand out.
Try to change the world. Frequently, people are deterred from this task, and it is a monstrous one, but don’t be. It’s the people who try to change the world that end up making a difference.
It’s okay to be different. Don’t be afraid of pursuing something a little out of the ordinary.
Don’t settle for people or for passion. Sometimes, there are people in your life who are better off out of it, and you can’t be afraid to take the steps to remove them. Same goes for passions placed on you by someone else.
Have a plan and get great people to help you. While you may not know what you want to do as a first or second year in college, it’s still important to begin thinking about what your passions are and creating a plan to get there (right now that might be a schedule of classes for the next couple years). Keep in mind, it’s challenging to do it alone, and there is nothing wrong with admitting you had help. And lastly,
Aim high. Culminating in all previous six steps, be certain you’re reaching for the stars and beyond with every endeavor you take. Sometimes, it’s difficult to see how coursework equates to the real-world, but Wylie, who started a bank in Puerto Rico with little money and even less experience, offered us a small piece of his insight and demonstrated the applicable nature of course content, which I know the next generations of leaders took to heart.
Written by: David Fain, current PLPer