“Get a good job, find a career you can depend on, become independent” are some of the phrases that high school students who are becoming closer to college age hear often. When I speak to these same students at their perspective colleges, I implore them to seek out paid internships in the industry that will allow them to better define their purpose. I suggest our eager and open-minded students explore each aspect of the industry they want to work in and find out what speaks to their personality and lifestyle. Most importantly, I suggest each student becomes an entrepreneur on some level, right away, while they complete their studies and explore their career path. Why? Because there is no career they can depend on anymore. If we want our young adults to succeed in life, it is my belief that they must each possess essential entrepreneurial skills that will serve them the rest of their lives.
It has been said that the future of business in America lies in innovation and entrepreneurship. Fresh, ingenious ideas sparked from the imagination of untainted minds will usher us into a world created by their dreams. The fact is that the imagination of the world’s inhabitants past and present, have created all that we know today. I encourage college students to seek out life experiences that will allow them to imagine things that are beautiful and lovely for the betterment of humanity.
Because learning does not end with our traditional education system, I encourage students to consider key principles of personal growth and development such as; personal responsibility, setting and pursuing goals that you believe in, believing in yourself and being passionate about what you commit to. I encourage students to read beyond the required texts, to study experts in their chosen field and seek out mentors and even personal coaches.
Life is an amazing journey designed to be lived to the fullest. Each individual gets to choose what that means to them. When speaking to college students as I travel all over the country, I share my story of overcoming obstacles in order to achieve success as an introduction to homeless awareness and sensitivity, holistic options for optimal health and winning in life as an entrepreneur. A key point in every message I deliver is that interdependence and not independence is required for success in every aspect of their lives. This year, I intend to speak at one hundred colleges, universities and conferences because today’s college students will be the leaders who shape the next fifty years of my life. My selfish motivation will enhance the quality of life of millions.