BYU-Idaho hosted the Power to Become conference on June 19, where students assembled to listen to success stories from different speakers and be inspired in their chosen career paths.
“The Power to Become (P2B) Conference encourages students, alumni and guests to discover their passion, tell their story and to network effectively,” according to the P2B Web page.
Spencer Taggart, master of ceremonies at P2B, said one hope for P2B is to help students become inspired to find their direction and align their lives with Heavenly Father’s will.
“It’s helped me to focus on what matters, find a driving force to follow the things I’m passionate about and to not be afraid to follow my ideas,” said Kyle Gordon, a senior studying health science.
Art Rascon, ABC’s Nightly News reporter and anchor in Houston, Texas, said having a gospel foundation for his life has helped keep him grounded and focused throughout his life.
Rascon said he wants students to feel their power to become something by following the direction of the Spirit of the Lord.
“I think the most important thing I learned was to do what you really want to do even if you’re afraid of it,” said Lindsay Williams, a junior studying English education.
Kim Flynn, a business consultant and bestselling author, said having guts was one of the most important factors in her success.
“Feel the fear, and step out anyway,” Flynn said.
Flynn said one of the greatest challenges she has faced in her life is social pressures and ideas about what she could do, especially as a woman.
“I want to encourage women not to make their decisions for their future based on what might happen,” Flynn said. “Women do really need to get out there and plan a career for themselves. You don’t know what the future will hold.”
Randy Garn, co-founder of Hero Partners, said a large part of his success came from believing in himself.
“In life, it’s really not about income,” Garn said. “It’s about overcome and become, and understanding that your self-worth has nothing to do with your net worth.”
Garn said he hopes students act on the things they learned at the Power to Become Conference.
“I hope that students walk away from this conference with the ability to think at a higher level,” Garn said.
Williams said she learned how important it is to make connections on LinkedIn and with other students while in school because of how those connections might be an advantage in the future.
“Your network grows and blesses your life in unforeseen ways,” said Stuart Draper, CEO and founder of Stukent.
Draper said skills and knowledge will make up for what a person lacks in networking abilities.
“Success isn’t just about who you know,” Draper said. “It’s also about what you know.”
Garn said it has been important to his success to surround himself with people who make him better.
“Sometimes we think that it’s really easy to think small, but it’s just as easy to think big as it is to think small,” Garn said. “Don’t be afraid to think big.”
Gordon said he learned that it is okay to follow his heart and pursue a career.
“By removing possibilities to fail, we remove possibilities to grow,” said Emily McQueen, a public speaker on overcoming disabilities.
Draper said he came to speak at P2B to touch students’ lives and help them to know that they can start improving their futures starting now.
“You may not remember every piece of council they give you, but they set up an environment where you can think about your life goals and aspirations, and then the Spirit can come in and guide you to the decisions you should make,” Gordon said.
Taggart said students who did not attend the conference should watch the speakers’ talks on the P2B Web page.
“If students want to change the world or if they want to change something in themselves, P2B is a good place to start,” Williams said. “It’s for people who want to do better, not just get by.”