Today was an amazing day that consisted of many surprises. We had a debate today on the pros and cons of oil that gave us information on how it can damage the environment but build Ecuador’s economy. Right after the debate, we took a trip to a local honey factory and heard their story. Two friends had an idea to create a local factory that could be trusted by the community. They faced one hardship when they experienced their first honey drought three years ago during the month of May. The lost honey product resulted in a big loss of profit which forced the company to acquire loans from the bank. The final result was that the honey factory had to repay a debt they owe to the bank, and they continue to repay the debt to this day. What surprised us most about this company is, they are not giving up. Although they have to pay a debt they strive to expand their business and create new products. After we heard their story we purchased some delicious honey products made from 100% honey that we will bring home to share.
Another surprise that the group was blessed with was a visit from the founder of Global Glimpse himself, Abbas Hasan! The whole group was stunned that he came and the next couple of days with him will be surreal. At night we had an inspirational discussion with him about his life and the message he wants young adults to receive from the trip. His last words of the discussion were the most inspiring. He told us to take whatever we want to do in life and work hard for it. He says nothing is ever impossible because with hard work, anything can be accomplished. He was honest with us and told us he was never the smartest student growing up. However, he told us he had the dedication to work really hard in high school and college, which got him to where he is right now. As of now, he lives in London and runs a new business that is six months old.
Today, our group was very well behaved. We got to all destinations on time and were very respectful to all the speakers. As leader of the day, I respected my whole group and in return they gave me respect. When I delegated some small tasks for others to complete, they completed them and I appreciate them for that. I am really grateful for the opportunity that I had to lead the group, it allowed me to realize that I can be a strong leader when I grow up. I demonstrated confidence, compassion, and courage which made the group trust and believe in me. I also did not hold myself higher than any member of the group, I was the leader but I also kept the balance of being a glimpser. My final words go to my parents, thanks so much for giving me the foundation of being a leader.