Everything about Victor Saad exudes passion. His eyes gleam. His clear voice rides the waves of hope, rising with joy as his eyes sparkle. You can’t listen to Victor without being inspired.
Victor created his own Masters – 12 experiences in 12 months – the leap year project. He recruited fellow leapers, shared what he was learning on his blog, wrote a book for his dissertation and staged his graduation at TEDx Chicago. Now he’s on fire to change higher education with the Experience Institute.
I met Victor in Fargo during Misfit Conf. During his talk, he told us that the last month of the year was the most critical for deep learning. It was the month he spent reflecting and writing. He found that it was in reflection that his learning deepened and took hold.
I walked the prairie and the woodland trails with the sun warming my face.I watched an ant carry his heavy load across an anthill.
I found half a blue robin’s egg and wondered where the tiny fledgling soared now.
I lay on my back in the prairie grass and watched the clouds tiptoe across the vast prairie sky. I laughed as two young deer bounded through the woods, running for the fun of it.
We live in fast times and conferences are great ways to take leaps. But like Victor, I’ve found that my deepest learning comes not during the conference or in the middle of an experience, but later, in contemplative times.
Time best found in the stillness and silence of wild places.