Author: derekherrera

After being honored this week with the John Wooden Global Leadership Award at UCLA the Wooden quote that continues to resonate with me is to ‘Make Every Day your Masterpiece.’ John Wooden was a phenomenal man, leader, and his humility …

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A lot has happened since I last wrote.   I would have preferred to keep the blog up to date but have had to prioritize other things. Recently, Maura and I have done different media events including The Doctors, CNBC with …

Moving Read More »

It’s been a great (busy) month. Maura and I filmed a television show that highlighted some of our personal story and our experience since I was injured two years ago.  The show was taped live and will be airing nationally …

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The recovery from the Gallbladder surgery has been pretty straightforward.  I was told to take it easy and try not to use my abs at all for a month.  In the midst of that I have been getting more and …

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The past few weeks have included more down-time than I think I have had since I was initially injured two years ago.  I spent a week at UCLA with my classmates studying Business Law and Financial Modeling.  Then I went …

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One of the first things taught in training for Marine Officers is to exploit ‘gaps’ and avoid ‘surfaces’ in the enemy’s posture (originally from Sun Tzu’s Art of War).  Exactly two years ago, the enemy attempted to destroy me and deter …

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Today marks eight years since I took the oath to serve my country as a Marine Officer.  People often used to tell me that a ceremony like a graduation or commissioning would not change the person I was.  I agree …

Memorial Day Read More »

Just got into my hotel room here in Scottsdale, AZ.  I’m here for one night to support the MARSOC Foundation Fundraiser at the Scottsdale Gun Club.  This year we are taking the auction online so that even if you cannot …

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The past week has been incredible. I have and the opportunity to travel to Israel with classmates from UCLA and participate in an international studies course. We spent the week traveling around the country visiting businesses of different sizes and …

Israel – UCLA, Technion, Argo, Cybathlon Read More »

So it’s been quite some time (almost a month) since I have posted.  A lot has happened since then that has made the last three weeks fly by. I attended two incredible fundraisers in the past two weeks.  The first …

Exams Complete Read More »