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“You have to CHOOSE to be extraordinary.”

Dr. Nido Qubein Dr. Nido R. Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, zero network and only $50 in his pocket. Against the odds, his life has been an amazing success story ever since. As a highly successful businessman, speaker, author and now President of a top-ranked university, Dr. Qubein is in high demand to speak to business and professional groups around the world. 

Dr. Qubein has been the recipient of dozens of honors, including the renowned Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans (other recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington and Condoleezza Rice!).

I first met him almost 18 years ago as he was sharing the stage with professional development gurus Brian Tracy and the late Zig Ziglar, and I took away insight from him that profoundly impacted my career in those early days. I never forgot! 

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Ella + Dr. Qubein at a Charity Event in 2014

I was very lucky to have carved out this time to visit Dr. Qubein in his Presidential offices at High Point University in North Carolina, and to be able to listen to just a bit of the wisdom that he espouses on a life well-lived. I learn so much form him every time we speak, and I wanted to share some of his insight with you. No matter what your profession or calling, no matter what your age, Dr. Qubein reminds us that our choices matter, and they ultimately determine our success, our level of fulfillment, and the mark we make in this world. 

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.”

Listen as Dr. Qubein shares a lifetime of wisdom on how to live an extraordinary life – a life, he says, that is within reach for everyone, but not always reached for by everyone.

Want more?

Check out Dr. Qubein’s own interviews with Steve Wozniak, Malcolm Gladwell, Colin Powell, Seth Godin and more here and watch the 2013 Biography Channel documentary on Dr. Nido Qubein for more of his fascinating story.

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