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  • Writer's pictureReine Bissember

A Journey of Self-Discovery: Exploring Los Angeles with the NMGZ Community

Not long ago, I had the privilege of joining Bill Imada, a few advisors, and fellow peers of NMGZ on a trip to Los Angeles. The city of Los Angeles is known for its diversity, creativity, and endless opportunities. Little did I know that this trip would provide such an enriching experience filled with growth and learning. This trip was not only an adventure in exploring a new city but also a journey of self-discovery, where I learned valuable lessons about adaptability, networking, and the keys to success.

From the moment we landed at LAX, I was confronted with situations that required adaptability. From the flooding and constant downpour to the last-minute itinerary changes, thinking on my feet became almost second nature. Through this, I was able to hone my skills of being flexible and open-minded, which is how the world works. You can plan everything down to the second, but there will always be changes, and you must be able to pivot and make the best out of it. I learned to embrace the unexpected, which is a lesson that extends beyond this trip, reminding me that the world is constantly evolving, and my success counts on my ability to evolve with it.

A highlight of this trip was being able to meet new people, who each brought their own individual perspectives to the table. I learned to embrace diversity, as it fosters creativity and innovation. I had the privilege of learning from professionals who generously shared their stories of success. I learned that success is not only about achieving goals, but is about resilience, determination, and ability to learn from failure.

In addition to exploring the city and engaging in meaningful discussions, we also competed in a hip-hop competition. This unexpected addition to our trip turned out to be a transformative experience for me. I was caught off guard, unprepared, had a short time to practice our routine, and then had to perform in front of everyone else. Getting ready to perform, I was rushed with adrenaline and nervousness. However, throughout the competition, I pushed myself to break out of my comfort zone. I learned to channel my nerves into confidence. Every moment in the process was an opportunity for growth and self-expression, even beyond the competition.

My trip to Los Angeles with the NMGZ community was more than just a sightseeing adventure. It was an experience that transformed who I am, and as I return home, I now carry a new sense of confidence and a better understanding of what it takes to thrive in this world. I carry a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunities and connections that were made, I am beyond grateful to have been a part of this journey, and I look forward to carrying its lessons with me as I continue to pursue my dreams. The unexpected challenges and last-minute adjustments we encountered along the way only reinforced the value of resilience and resourcefulness in navigating life's twists and turns. Together, we have embarked on a transformative adventure that has left an incredible mark on my personal and professional growth.


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