The resiliency, tenacity, and optimism that drove you to choose your college or university, and achieve the goal of graduating, are the same exact ingredients that will serve you well as you come out of school into our CovidWorld. While you will hear many voices of doom and gloom, don’t get sucked into that dark, swirling vortex. Shut off the 24-hour news cycle and don’t allow the Twitterverse to become your Universe. There are opportunities. After a forest fire, growth returns. Every. Single. Time.
This is your time. You didn’t choose it, but it is yours regardless. Embrace it, make it your own. Find a need and fill it. If necessary, pivot from the vision you had 90 days ago and create a new vision. Invest your energy into what is possible. Don’t allow your energy to dissipate into the morass of the impossible, of visions destroyed, and opportunities evaporated.
Believe in yourself. Create a team. Set a goal. Start a company. Pitch your ideas. Network to the companies thriving in the CovidWorld Economy. Come up with ways to compete against those companies. Network to the companies who could compete against those companies or products, pitching yourself and your value to help their pivot.
Class of 2020, you have already been making the world a better place. Your commitment to Conscious Capitalism is clear through so many of your actions and impacts during your undergrad years. Now it is time to go out there and be part of this next wave of people ready to re-imagine our world and our society during CovidWorld, and most importantly, in a post-vaccine world. It is your world, your planet, your community. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from re-making it to align with your vision.
Congratulations on your graduation.