Toastmasters Speech 1 – Icebreaker – “Obsession”

Good evening Mr Toastmaster, fellow Toastmasters, and honored guests.
How have lifestyle changes shaped who you are today?
 
My name is Matt Eggleton. I’m 22 years old, and I just graduated from UCI last June with a degree in Business Information Management – a mix of computer science and business. 
 
My personality can be described in one word: obsessive. Whatever my current interest is – I obsess over it. 
 
Currently I run a small ecommerce business with my brother. For those of you who don’t know, ecommerce just means selling product online.

One of my favorite things about running an online business is that: whenever someone asks me – “What do you do?” I get to have a little bit of fun. Here is how a typical conversation goes:

They ask: “So, what do you do for a living?”

I respond with: “Well, I run an online business… ;)”

Then they say: “Really? What kind of online business?”

At this point, I get to either let their imagination run amuck, or come up with a slightly outrageous profession depending on my mood.

For example, “I specialize in selling LSD on the Silk Road, the internet’s largest online marketplace for illegal drugs.”

Doing this makes for a much more thrilling conversation than: “I sell aftermarket auto parts online.”

Although this job may sound boring to many, my job is a part of my current obsession.  My past 4 obsessions have been: 1. Video games 2. long distance running 3. politics 4. self improvement. 

In high school, I was so obsessed with video games that I would play from when I got home from school until when I slept at night. I played first person shooter games competitively online, and was even on a team. This is quite obsessive, don’t you think?

Later in high school, I became obsessed with cross country running. I was the most improved runner in a team of over 100 runners, and went from running a 3 mile race in 21 minutes to under 16. This taught me the importance of exceeding self imposed limitations, and how running is really all mental

During college, I became obsessed with Libertarianism. I was the president of a club called Young Americans for liberty from freshmen to senior year. I organized activism events – including bringing a mechanical bull on campus and displaying a giant 50 foot debt clock showing the national debt. I was that one annoying kid who sat in the front of economics class, constantly asking the professor questions as if I could actually change his perspective on things. “But isn’t that inefficient?”.. “How can we trust those in charge to know what we want better than ourselves?” I was that keyboard warrior who stayed up late to debate politics on facebook… also actually believing i could change my opponents perspective. I even joined a website called debate.org for the sole purpose of debating political philosophies online.

Towards the end of college, I realized that I might as well use my personality to my advantage, and choose a good obsession to have – self improvement. As a result, I’ve become one of those young whipper-snappers with huge ambitions. Some future goals of mine include hiking the pacific crest trail from mexico to canada, cycling across america, building a large business, and building my own livable cabin. My recent interests have included meditating, yoga, hiking, backpacking, cycling, travel, speaking skills, minimalism, business, and more. Through my self improvement obsession, I am becoming the best version of myself- mentally, psychically, and spiritually.
 
Emerson said,  Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” So, pave your own path – and choose your obsessions wisely. Thank you

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