The First Blog

A More Detailed Explanation of Purpose

About a year after I had graduated from UNR (Go Pack!), I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  After a couple of months of treatment, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to one of the lobes in my left lung, and a lobectomy was scheduled.  Throughout the treatment and especially as I was transported to surgery, I thought a lot about my regrets.  I never thought about the experiences I might not have, the places I might never go, or any of the other common material things that matter to a person in their early 20s.  I most regretted not doing more for my family and friends, and also the possibility of not making the world around me a better place.    

                The lobectomy became a pneumonectomy during surgery and after almost a year of chemotherapy, I set about with a commitment to mitigating those regrets.  Throughout my personal and professional life, I have been fortunate to attain leadership positions.  It is through those positions and committing to servant leadership that I have had the biggest impact in assisting those in my immediate sphere to live in a better place. 

                However, I have come to realize that my current engagement in this purpose is mainly through one on one and group interactions, and again I find myself wanting to do more.  Thus, the reasoning for using this platform; my goal here is to enlarge my sphere to not only help more people but to also learn more from others. 

I am going to post stories about situations I have experienced, tell you what I did, and I welcome your feedback about my decisions.  I will post my opinions and look forward to having conversations with you that open my eyes to different perspectives.  I believe that leadership is a practice that revolves around finding a balance between being steadfast in my values and principles, while being open to different viewpoints and adaptable to the environment.  I look forward to practicing with you.

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Author: Allen Camacho

As an experienced leader, my purpose is to lead those around me in a way that makes them feel heard, valued, and appreciated in order to achieve a high standard of excellence, together. With over 2 decades of professional leadership experience and overcoming some of life's difficulties, I offer a unique perspective on how to assist those around me in improving their personal and professional life. As a person with one lung, I take in every moment one breath at a time. Unapologetic Wolf Pack, Raiders, Warriors, and Guardians fan (in that order).

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