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Recently, I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Zija Summit. I had no clue what to expect, all I knew is it was an event to encourage proper nutrition and learn from top entrepreneurs. But what I realized was, it was much more than that. It was about taking risks, accepting failure and learning to connect and care about others. Something I, preach all the time, but needed to put into practice, and that’s exactly what I did at the summit.

I learned all about personal development from some amazing motivational speakers whose stories happened to trigger so many emotions in me. Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, showed us the sole example, that no matter what obstacles we encountered in life, we have to get back up and move forward. However, the stories that captivated me most and until today, resign in my heart, were those of my peers who I connected with one on one.I got the chance to hear their reasons for wanting better health, their strive to connect and care for others and their hunger to become successful entrepreneurs.

I opened up my mind to learn more about the science and nutritional research that goes behind the products while touring the Manufacturing Plant and headquarters . Who knew, I would be fascinated with learning about the scientific facts. 4 When I wasn’t filling up my brain with knowledge at panels about business, health and personal development, I was putting everything I learned into use, by exercising daily, sharing my story and meeting and connecting with new individuals.

I took so many positive lessons from the event. I learned to not make assumptions about anything or anyone, to take risks and do the things you fear but most of all that anything you strive for, will take time, trial and error. In life, you’ll get a ton of NOs but never give up, because that one YES will be everything you ever hoped for. Best lesson I took from it all: “Life is tough, wear a helmet.”