Justin Donald Leader

Benefits Professional
  • Reflect – What would you say?

    Jun 12, 2015

by Justin Leader


Today, diving deeper into my 30’s, I celebrate another Birthday.  I personally love Birthdays and am thankful for each and every one, no matter how high that number gets.  I have everything that a person could ask for.  Most importantly I have my health as well as the ability to help others.

One of the greatest gifts I believe we are given as we age is the gift of hindsight.  The ability to reflect back on our lives and our journey.  I would be remiss not to take an opportunity to offer advice to those seeking it based on my experience.  Growing up with my Grandfather and Great-Grandmother I received some heavy doses of perspective. One thing I was always taught was to listen to those who had been down the path before me. Most of the time it turned out being the best advice I never took.  Some times, trusting my gut led to a positive outcome or in some cases a very hard life lesson.  Regardless we all have such a unique story to tell.  To me, that is exciting.  I love a good story and even more so a story that teaches a lesson.

I have to laugh at some of the advice I have received over the years.  Some of it was so simple yet so sincere.  At the time, I don’t think I realized how true it was!  I remember something my Grandfather used to say to me quite often.  “Justin, it will get better before your married.”  After years of scraped knees, a broken bone, a bad test score and teenage heartache, boy was he right!

As I reflect back on my life today I am ever more appreciative of the words of advice I have received and every helping hand along the way.  No matter how small or insignificant it may have seemed at the time.

I have been working on a project and would love some feedback.  If you have advice that you could give to your younger self, regardless of age, what would that be?  Please feel free to send responses to JustinDLeader@gmail.com or leave them in the comments section.  All responses will be confidential and your help will be greatly appreciated.