The People We Meet
Tomorrow is the first day of classes at Arizona State University.
I love the first day of classes, or really, the first day of any new chapter in life.
The first day means a blank slate (if you want it to) and an opportunity to do things you have dreamt of doing, and meet people who will change your life.
Students starting college tomorrow or returning for another year of the adventure have the unique opportunity to make it WHATEVER they want it to be.
This could be the year you start a business.
This could be the year you discover your passion.
This could be the year you meet your partner or mentor.
Anything is possible between now and the first day of “real life.”
One the best gifts I have ever received.
Of course I loved it because I have a deep, undying love for books (the real paper ones) and reading, but also because reading or hearing the words just magically puts life into perspective and leaves you with a positivity and hopefulness that adults often lose. We don’t have a lot of “first days” of hope anymore…and sometimes we forget how powerful that feeling can be.
It cannot be explained. And Dr. Seuss’ work makes me truly reflect on it.
Today a phrase popped into my head that made me think of the book (although it is not actually a quote from the book): The People You’ll Meet.
As I think about the adventure that is in front of the 73,000+ students attending ASU this year, I think about all of the people with which they will come into contact. And then I wonder what decisions they will make.
Will they go meet with a professor during office hours simply to get to know him and his experiences? Will they be bold and say hi to someone sitting next to them in a class? Will they join a student organization that seems interesting, even if it is intimidating to go alone?
I was always quite shy, and it took me a long time to make moves to meet people who appeared interesting on some level. Now I couldn’t imagine my life without this approach and I wish I had felt more comfortable doing it in college.
My favorite part about entrepreneurship is the humans. These incredible people who have this unexplainable urge to take risk, change the ways things are, and actually don’t care if they spend all of their own money, time, and relationships on building something that is going to be great.
I wouldn’t get the joy and energy from interacting with these people if I did not take the time to meet them and enjoy conversation.
Almost every day I receive a request to meet with someone who wants to give back, to participate in the educational process for the young people in our community, wants to include me in what they are working on. How awesome is that? In a world full of racism, violence, war, politics, and all kinds of ugly things, I have this oasis.
Oh, the people I meet!
Entrepreneurs. Humans. Dreamers.
Really puts life into perspective and leaves you with a positivity and hopefulness that adults often lose.
Embrace today as if it were the first day.
And remember, no one is in this alone…so take note of the people you meet. They just might change your life.