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Storm Chaser George Kourounis: “Embrace Fear”

This morning, Mentor/TEAM Grades 8-12 students and staff welcomed Canadian storm chaser and adventurer George Kourounis to the school for the 2016-2017 edition of the Mentor College/TEAM School Speaker Series. Having spent the past twenty years running towards tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, and volcanoes, Mr. Kourounis knows a lot about adventure, following one’s passion, and embracing fear.

For just under an hour, Mr. Kourounis took the audience on an exciting tour of “the oddest career that you could possibly imagine.” With photos and videos, he shared the passion of what he does everyday with the student body. All you need to do is follow you passion, Mr. Kourounis stressed, “You can always make more money, but you can never make more time. Time has more value than money.”

Perhaps the most important message left with the students was to embrace fear, that if you “want something that you have never had, you must be willing to do things that have never done.” Mr. Kourounis put his message into perspective for the students, “Whether you’re going for an audition or a job interview, if you are afraid, know that you are doing something worthwhile. It’s OK to be afraid.”