July 31, 2015 was officially my last day at A-B Tech Community College. Over the past two years I have served as Program Developer for Entrepreneurial Outreach, working closely with the Small Business Center as, (among many other things), primary liaison for assisting students in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams while at school.
As an alum, I felt honored to work with fellow students, faculty and staff in an effort to advance the good work of the college in supporting our community. Almost daily, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people: entrepreneurs, teachers, students, administrators, state and local reps, co-workers, community support specialists, and more.
In addition, I have learned a lot of new things about interacting with people from all walks of life, how to explain difficult concepts to others, and what students really need. I’ve also gleaned useful info on “working for the man”, the inner workings of government entities, the politics of education, and whether or not colleges can actually be entrepreneurial (more on this later). I must admit, I often felt I was a bit of an anomaly in the environment. But, on the introspective tail end of what I can only classify as “a good run”, I have been reminded of some very key things:
- Entrepreneurship is in my bones. It’s part of who I am. It’s the part that made me successful at A-B Tech, as well as the driving force behind everything I do in the future. I have been inspired by all of the entrepreneurs I have seen, heard, worked alongside, and admired. Because of this, I can continue to “walk the walk”.
- Excellence is still a worthy pursuit. There will always be nay-sayers, dream-slayers, and “not worth their pay-ers”. I choose a different path.
- One person CAN make a difference. While I’m not really sure how much of an impact I can have on the planet, I have learned I can help one person at a time. The assistance I provide to the person right in front of me, makes a huge difference to them. Helping others helps me, too. I want to spend time inspiring others with what I am learning, what I have experienced, and the hope we can all share for becoming the “drivers of our own destinies”, and achieving our dreams. Carpe dream-em, ya’ll.
In a nutshell, I’m pressing onward, and I have a lot to do. On a final note, one of the saddest things I have observed is the way people seem to come and go from organizations very quietly. If we have met as a result of my work at A-B Tech, please keep in touch. I value the connection, and welcome hearing from you.
In honor of my departure, and because it’s Friday, I invite you to join me in a throwback moment with an ancient message from beloved pals, REO Speedwagon: “I believe it’s time for me to fly”. Enjoy!