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Letter from the PresidentSuccess CornerSociety SpotlightAnnouncementsMonthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

February has long been celebrated as the month of romance and love. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I want to take this opportunity to discuss what “heart” is, and the importance of having it.

I'm not referring to the organ in your chest or the conventional image of two equal curves meeting at a point on the bottom. I’m talking about the intangible heart, the one that is more complicated to explain and measure.

When we talk about a person who “has heart,” we are generally referring to someone with passion, fortitude, determination or courage. In many aspects of life, heart is what separates the average from the exceptional. Former New York Yankees shortstop and five-time World Series Champion Derek Jeter once said:

“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

If you possess the tenacity or drive that makes you work harder than anyone else, you “have heart.” Heart goes beyond human will. Human will is what gets you to the library to start preparing for a test. Heart is what keeps you there, studying, until you get it right.

Heart is what gets you out of bed in the morning when everyone else is still sleeping.
Heart is what makes you get back up when you’ve been knocked down.
Heart is what makes you look the doubters in the eye and say, “I Can And I Will.”

- Chris Schenk, Entrepreneur and CEO of The Schenk Organization

The next time you’re faced with a challenge, I want to encourage you to tap into your heart and find a solution, even if it takes you into unknown territory. Heart is the willingness to accept failure, grow from it and try again.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

“The NSLS” App Hits the Charts!

“The NSLS” app is one of the App Store's most downloaded Education Apps!

On Friday, January 22, 2016, "The NSLS" app made its debut on the App Store’s Top Education Apps Chart, reaching #44 on its first day. As the official app of The National Society of Leadership and Success, “The NSLS” is designed to enhance the mobile experience for Society members.

Continue reading here.

Monroe College

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, the Society chapter at Monroe College held an event called the Black and Red Affair. Each member was responsible for bringing a picture of something they want to achieve in 2016. All images were put on the chapter’s vision board, which is brought to all events to remind everyone what they are working towards. Members of the college’s administration also attended the affair, including the Dean of Students, who spoke about what leadership means to her.

View more from this event on our Flickr.

Monthly Motivation: 

Society President, Charles Knippen sat down with LA Reid, former judge on The X Factor and current Chairman/CEO of Epic Records for another installment of the Thought Leader Series.

Click here for a preview and stay tuned for the full episode being released later this month.

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”

– Emil Zatopek

“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.”

– Mary Lou Retton

5 Surprising Tips To Increase Your Motivation Immediately

Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!