When I was 18 years old...

I sat in the school auditorium on the last day of high school with 733 classmates.  A group of students were announcing the annual awards.  Students were honored with awards like "best athlete, best student, most likely to succeed, most likely to be a comedian, most likely to start a band, etc."

A graduating student who was sitting near me received the last award of the day.  He was told in front of all of his classmates that he was being voted "most likely to not succeed."

Could You Imagine?

Seven hundred kids laughing while he tried to shrug it off and pretend it doesn't matter.  On the inside, his confidence was shattered.

At that moment, I thought to myself, this isn't right.  Nobody should graduate high school feeling like that.  Every student should be empowered with the confidence to build their world and their life after high school.  

So... I slowly went to work on building Project OTY and this course 33 years ago. 

Today... we face a huge challenge.

This is arguably the only point in history where parents, teachers, politicians, world leaders, grandparents, etc. literally did not grow up in the same world that you are growing up in.  Technology has evolved quickly.  The first iPhone was sold in 2007. That's just a few years ago.

The world is now full of conflicting messages and the speed of information coming at all of us is only getting faster. Defining personal success has never been more difficult.

Our visibility to what's going on around the world has never been more transparent.  Our feelings, thoughts, and emotions have never been more challenged.

Anxieties and fears are trending off the charts.  Our confidence is constantly being tested.

Enough is enough.

What we know is that no two people are the same and no two people will ever experience all of the same moments, influences. and experiences in life.  Your life is going to be completely unique to you.

Today, as a teenager and young adult, you are realizing that you are going to be responsible for how your life turns out. You are responsible for creating your success (whatever it is).  It will be up to you to make things happen for yourself.

Let's move forward with Confidence!

It's time to be the leader in your life.  It's time to control what you can control in terms of how things work out for you and those around you.

The fact is that we're all human.  We all start from a different spot in life and we're all going to face challenging and transformative times in our life.  We're all going to need to define what success really means to us.  

We all need a plan for ourselves that we are confident in, and excited to pursue. We all need a process to quickly create a Plan B or C, when Plan A isn't working out.

It's Go Time!

Over 4,000 students from 35 countries have helped pull the "Build YOUR Roadmap" course together.  It's based on studying great leaders, people, process, exceptional lessons, and life. The feedback has been remarkable. The impact of this course is designed to last a lifetime.

I look forward to sharing this course/process with you and look forward to you achieving more than you ever imagined possible.  I look forward to you "Creating YOUR World" with confidence!

Thank You!

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Build YOUR Roadmap

Experience Daily Wins

Good News!  There's no right or wrong to this course.  

But... you have to do the work!  The fact is that life will present you with a unique combination of events, moments and experiences.  That's the way it is.  

We all benefit when we have a plan for ourselves that we believe in and we're passionate to pursue our next steps with confidence.  

So... what's this course about?

This self-driven course is focused on leading yourself and those around you to achieve more than you ever imagined possible, AND doing it as it fits with your strengths, connections, and attitudes.

You'll be introduced to a process that you can easily manage and go through at your own speed.  

You'll be inspired with insights, concepts, and philosophies that will help you to lead and live with confidence.

And... it's all packaged up in a simple, streamlined learning experience that can be tackled easily - even with your busy schedule.

What's inside the "Build YOUR Roadmap" course?

You will enjoy a mix of quick educational information coupled with practical exercises that will help you focus on identifying your unique strengths, creating a vision that's authentic to you and your "build in" leadership style.

You'll identify goals and steps to accomplish that vision and be empowered with the confidence to connect and enroll others in helping that vision become a reality.  

In the process, you will learn how to manage fears with increased confidence and reduce anxiety in the pursuit of your dreams.

When you have increased direction and confidence, that translates to effectively leading yourself in pursuing and smashing your goals.

The Process

Course Overview

  • 1

    Welcome - Intro

    • Message from Jeff

    • Let's Get Started!

    • Quick Reminder

  • 2

    Defining Leadership

    • Let's Start with a Question...

    • What Great Leaders have in Common

    • Seven (7) Traits of Leadership

    • Leadership Starts with You

  • 3

    Transformative Moments

    • Transformative Moments

    • No Two People are the Same

    • Some Moments are Transformative

    • Examples of Transformative Moments

    • Can you think of a Transformative Moment in your life?

    • Why are Transformative Moments important?

    • When Transformative Moments happen

    • Leaders take Path Two

    • Build Confidence and Move Forward

    • The Confidence Formula

  • 4

    Unique Strengths

    • Unique Strengths Intro

    • The Four (4) Stages of Learning

    • We're always in a Stage of Learning

    • Let's get Honest

    • The Quickest Path

    • Starting from a Spot of Confidence

    • Let's Pause for a Moment

    • Your Unique Strength is your Foundation

    • Paying Attention to the Unique Strengths in Others

    • Unique Strength in Others

    • Unique Strengths - Take Away

  • 5

    Constructing Your Vision

    • Let's Talk about Vision

    • What is a Vision?

    • Why Having a Vision Matters

    • Fun Fact

    • Help Others Help You

    • Five Years from Today

    • Set a Timer for 11:33

    • Just Think

    • Your Vision

    • Copy the "My Roadmap" Template

    • Download the "My Roadmap" Template

    • Input 10-20 Vision Bullet Points

    • Good Work

  • 6

    Understanding Ego, Fears and Motivations

    • Ego, Fears and Motivations

    • 3 Parts to our Brain

    • 3 Survival Instincts

    • Explore Your Fears

    • Fear Happens

    • Fears are Real - We all have Fears

    • Five Tips - Removing Fear for Others

    • Organize your Fears

    • Pfewww... Good Work

    • Fears, Quick Check-in

    • Enough on Fears

  • 7

    Crystallizing Your Vision

    • Is Your Vision Your Vision?

    • Are We Still Good?

    • Crystal Clear

  • 8

    Enrolling Others

    • Enrolling Others Overview

    • Enrollment Formula

    • Platinum Rule

    • Start with Questions

    • Who can you Enroll

  • 9


    • Vision vs. Goals

    • S.M.A.R.T. Goals

    • S.M.A.R.T. Goal Example

    • Impact of Time

    • Setting Goals

    • Good Work on Goals

    • Goals - How You Feeling?

  • 10


    • What's Your Next Step?

    • When You Take a Step

    • Learning Never Stops

    • You Might Need to Update Your Plan

    • Focus on One Step at a Time

    • Your Next Step

  • 11

    Lessons for Leaders

    • Congrat's on Your Roadmap

    • Roadmap - Check In

    • Vision into Reality

  • 12

    Accountable or Victim

    • Problems and Opportunities

    • Life isn't Fair

    • Why our Behaviors Matter

    • Respected vs. Liked

    • Perception is Everything

    • Victim Behaviors

    • Accountable Behaviors

    • Thinkabout This

  • 13

    Choose Your Accident

    • Aligning Your Choices with Your Vision

    • Choices and Behaviors

  • 14

    Practice & Focus

    • 10,000 hours

    • Focus Your Practice

  • 15

    Appreciating the Moment

    • Every Moment is an Opportunity to Learn

    • What did You Learn?

  • 16

    Leadership & Confidence

    • Habits and Routines

    • Copy the "My Ideal Routine" Template

    • Download the "My Ideal Routine" Template

    • Your Ideal Daily Routine

    • Protect Your Confidence - Understanding Attitudes

    • Four Attitudes in Others

    • Indifference

    • Skepticism

    • Objection

    • Energy Givers

    • Thinkabout - Energy Givers

  • 17

    Gratitude & Peace

    • Say Thank You

    • Copy the "Gratitude" Template

    • Download the "Gratitude" Template

    • 10 Things to be Grateful for

    • Let's Practice

  • 18

    Dream Big!

    • It's Fun to do the Impossible

    • Congratulations!

Over 4,000 students have built their "Roadmap"

What people are saying...

"This could have a massive global impact."

~ Katy Robinson, a Mom and Teacher

"I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for strategy to find meaningful direction and make big things happen."

"This curriculum levels the playing field"

~ Eric Dazey, Dean of Students

"It doesn't matter who you are. It starts with where you're at currently and walks you through a process of defining where you want to go."

"Skills for the 21st Century"

~ Dr. Anne Erwin, Principal, Beaverton High School

"This curriculum teaches skills a student will need for the rest of their life. We're seeing the impact throughout our entire community. I know it works. I've talked to students. I've talked with their parents."

"I figured out my Unique Strengths"

~ Kenzie Williams, a 25-year old

"The course helped me create a vision that I'm passionate about pursuing. I feel like I'm now on a path to reaching my ultimate self."

"It helped me to see what is possible."

~ High School Student

"I learned what kind of person I want to become. It helped me organize my thoughts. It helped me see how to deal with disappointments in life."

"Increased focus and self-awareness"

~ Blake Sheppard, College Student

"I now hold myself more accountable to making the most out of my opportunities. This curriculum helps you to focus and pursue your dreams."

"I discovered my purpose"

~Betsy Reed, Business Leader

"I use the Build YOUR Roadmap steps every day leading one of the fastest growing companies in the country."

"Incredibly Motivating"

~ Alison Milleman, Business Leader

"This completely reframed how I think about my future and what's possible."

"Builds skills to survive and thrive"

~ Matt Boring, Principal, Corvallis High School

"Build YOUR Roadmap provides the clarity and structure to help students (and adults) go down a meaningful path toward success."

"A lifelong curriculum"

~ Dallas Heard, Oregon Senator

"The compound interest of having these skills early on pays massive dividends."
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What I liked most about this course

a Students Perspective

When you finish the course, you'll have:

  • An understanding of your Unique Strengths (today).
  • An organized plan for achieving personal success (defined by you).  
  • A "roadmap" unique to you. 

The best part is there's no right or wrong to this course.  Just do the work.

You'll feel more enthusiastic and confident about your future than you ever have.

Pfeww... my bad... I should stop writing.

Hi there, my name is Jeff Otis.  I know, this page was a lot of reading.  I could go on and on about the benefits of this course for students, parents, teachers, etc...

I promise that nowhere in the course is there this much reading.  

I appreciate you taking a moment to read this page and I'm excited for you.  This "Build YOUR Roadmap" course has been a passion of mine since I first started sharing it and hearing what people were getting out of it.

As a dad, husband, leader, educator, visionary, author, coach, mentor and friend to many, I know life is full of unexpected moments and that problems and opportunities always co-exist.

I know what it means to be a leader along with what personal accountability and wins feel like.  I believe everyone deserves to feel daily wins in their life.

I also know that when you are moving forward with confidence, focus, intent, and purpose, life is pretty good.

Let's get real.

I spent years conducting over 12,000 interviews with people representing all walks of life, connecting with over 180,000 business leaders around the country, and I learned the hard lessons of personal leadership through the process of overseeing over 20,000 employees.

I learned the value of a cohesive team with seamless teamwork in being part of 21 championship teams growing up.  I've been fortunate to have been surrounded by great mentors and coaches my entire life.

I've also learned what it takes to pick yourself up, pull yourself together, and get back in the game of life.

I know life isn't fair.  It was never designed to be.  No two people are the same and no two people ever start from the same spot.  I've learned what it means to be a good human and how important it is to help those in need of help.

All of this adds up to lots of people time, lots of teamwork, and lots of lessons learned from great humans compiled into this signature "Build YOUR Roadmap" course.

Have some fun with this!

There is no right or wrong to this course. The process introduced is designed to grow and evolve with you.

Within the "Build YOUR Roadmap" course, you will experience a process with a tangible output (your "Roadmap") that you can immediately put into action.

You will learn some of the best secrets to managing transformative times, unlocking your personal leadership potential and creating a future for yourself that you are excited to pursue with confidence.

Take your time - Enjoy the Process!

(Oh...Btw - that kid who was voted most likely to not succeed is now a successful musician playing concerts for 1,000's of fans.)