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May 9, 2024

This podcast episode is Bryan Orr's presentation at the 6th Annual HVACR Training Symposium: "Humility in Thought Leadership." Bryan reflects on his own journey as a trades educator, business owner, husband, and father, sharing personal anecdotes and insights that resonate with anyone in a position of influence.

Bryan begins by acknowledging the challenge of maintaining humility in the face of success and recognition. He emphasizes the need to continually shift our focus from a mindset of "deserving" to one of "serving" others. By embracing humility, we not only become more effective leaders but also create an environment where those around us can grow and thrive.

Throughout the episode, Bryan encourages listeners to embrace vulnerability and be open to feedback from those who care about them. He stresses the importance of surrounding oneself with people who are willing to hold you accountable and challenge you when necessary. This accountability, he argues, is crucial for personal growth and maintaining a grounded perspective.

Here are some of the key topics covered in the symposium presentation:

  • The importance of empathy and understanding others' perspectives
  • The distinction between personal humility and professional pride
  • The dangers of ego and how it can disconnect us from reality
  • The role of introspection in fostering humility and self-awareness
  • The impact of how we process memories on our perception of reality
  • The need to listen to those actively working in the field and remain connected to practical realities
  • The value of being open to constructive criticism and admitting when we're wrong
  • The joy of seeing others grow beyond us and the importance of letting go of the need for control


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