I have always thought I was in reasonably good shape for my age.
As I approach my 44th birthday on February 6th, 2010, and the maturing of my 5th anniversary as a founding member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGLs), an organization of vision founded by Professor Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum family with a vision to solve many of the world's problems by 2030, I have always felt rather ageless.
Adding to my confidence, I work out daily, stretch every morning, once danced in my youth on national television shows such as Soul Train and American Bandstand in the U.S., and live by the notion that an "entrepreneur works 18 hours a day to keep from getting a job," so stamina and persistence are almost virtues in my life. In short, I think I am in fairly good physical shape.
Well, absolutely none of this mattered one bit this past week in Davos, Switzerland. Compliments of one Professor Klaus Schwab, I would describe Davos as nothing short of the "world's greatest workout."
The first insight one gains about the Davos meeting is how utterly other worldly it is about to be, and you gain that impression even before you arrive.
Think about 99.9% of meetings, conferences and events you attend, and the routine is about the same. You fly into a major city and within 20 minutes or so from the airport you are securely planted in your hotel, with the conference center normally connected or very close by. You basically never leave that place of relative comfort, until it is time to depart the conference itself. Mr. Schwab and his team of dreamers have something entirely different in mind for you at Davos.
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John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, vice chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy as well as chairman of the Council Committee on the Under-Served, financial literacy advisor to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, a Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum, and author of LOVE LEADERSHIP; A New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), which debuted in August, 2009, on the CEO Reads Top 10 Best Seller List, and was published in November, 2009 in digital audio book format on Audible.com, iTunes and other audio book retailers .
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