NSLS History & Founding Principles

The NSLS is founded upon the core beliefs that one can achieve one’s dreams with the proper support and dedicated action, and that we accomplish more together than we would achieve alone. It began with founder Gary Tuerack’s vision of creating a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals could come together to learn from and support each other. 

As a child, Gary was an extremely slow reader and struggled in school. In order to overcome this difficulty, he learned strategies to increase his reading speed, concentration, memory and grades. He went on to become an Ivy League graduate. Inspired by his ability to set “unrealistic” goals with focused action and support, he dedicated the next decade out of college helping college students to achieve the success they desire. 

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Many people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” People don’t go after their dreams because they don’t believe they are possible. The vision of the NSLS was inspired by the passion of helping people wake up and believe in their own potential that they might not be seeing yet. 

The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded with the sole purpose of creating lasting positive change. Beginning with a handful of chapters, the NSLS now reaches hundreds of thousands of students at hundreds of chapters around the world. The NSLS encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members.