The Speech to End All Speeches
My Turn These days, it's de rigueur to deliver a commencement speech or to at least write your own as an op-ed. Being highly opinionated, and not one to avoid modeling a good idea, I figured it was high time to take my turn at it. Obviously I'm a little bit early, as school is just starting. But we might as well get the message out sooner rather than later so that the young male and female leaders of tomorrow can start taking action before it's too late. In fact, this commencement address is perfect for all ages. It's the speech that you've been waiting for.
"Gently, yet often, exercise your risk threshold like a muscle." - Frank McKinney ===========================================
To the Class of the World of 2014
By Craig Ballantyne Dear Class of 2014,
You're about to discover the best way to deal with the future. One that I'm sure you're not going to like, but it's the only solution to the problems you face.
But first, I have a question.
What happened to the adventurous youth of yesterday?
and Chile are all rising economies with great prospects for entrepreneurs and intelligent. Colombia. That is to say. he explores opportunities in developing locales that are breaking free from poverty and competing for intrepid entrepreneurial investors. travels the world.) and his girlfriend picked up and moved from Belfast to Doha. Now. he's there to salsa dance. What am I missing?
After all. I even know many interesting. Singapore. and. sleep in hostels. and see the world. it was all the rage to get out of your parent's house and travel the globe. He's positioning himself to better take control of his future and financial independence.
Another mate. has spread his wings from New Zealand. has settled in Medellin. Simon Black. Why not take advantage of the chance to combine world travel with work experience?
In fact. Qatar. that a great opportunity for him in the fitness world exists. Malyasia. also with the initials CB (so we called him CB Sr. There he runs his nutritional supplement company. known to all as "Kiwi Chris".
And yes. one that is no longer available in Europe.
One of my best friends from high school. During his travels. It is there. hard-working individuals. Exotic countries like Brazil. young people were eager to throw on a backpack. in the Mid-East.In my coming-of-age days. Years ago. today opportunity exists all over the globe like never before. seemingly visiting a new country every week.
My mysterious friend. the trend is for them to finish college and move back in at home or never leave at all. adventurous people under the age of
. after time in Miami. while running a supplement company on the side. most of my friends have not even grown out of their travel-the-worldfor-opportunity stage.
He gets to work with his mentors and learn a valuable skill while earning his keep. you don't actually have to leave your country. having met them the past few summers at our Liberty and Entrepreneurship camp held in Lithuania. You can sit at home and. You can inspire people with your dreams. he not only sends updates of his business ventures. who not only attended our camp but has also joined us here at Early to Rise as one of our copywriters. Our friend Yure drove from Eastern Europe across the Middle East and all the way to the shores of Vietnam.
All of these young folks have taken the world by the tail . your city.
We have NO choice but to deal with the present and the future that gets thrown at us. but intellectually stifling career back on the East Coast to move more than halfway across the country to chase his dream of autonomy and financial independence. We must deal with reality and make the best out of whatever situation we are in. add value to the world and create your own financial reality. and the rest of our small. Julian. who has spent time in over two dozen countries. But
. you can combine your energy and passion with technology to work towards what you believe in.
Then there's Gary. by leveraging the power of the Internet. With each new place he visits.
Today. but also his trademarked photo of him doing a handstand in the new country. or even your home to succeed. but committed team. But the great news is that no matter what your age or where you live. You can't change the past.because there is NO other option. Jeff Schneider. Gary now works in our unique open office space in downtown Denver alongside our Director of Operations. You can't control others.25. He's now settled in Thailand and writes about the burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities there.
Because here's the bottom line about the best way to succeed in the coming years. Gary left a promising.
yes exactly. Do not get down. great opportunity. and you might get disheartened. I know how you feel. and never. by trudging onward through tough days and getting energized by great days. each accomplishment another step closer to my big breakthrough. it will not be easy. ever give up.
I have great faith in you. right by your side. by overcoming obstacles and powering through the dips. So keep going. Whether you are 16 or 76. Believe me. I spent almost a decade struggling in obscurity before my hard work accumulated into success. and you control how you respond to everything.you can control your future. I'm not promising you an easy path to a six-figure income. We all have the same 24 hours. Choose to add value to the world. Take action and you'll attract good people. Everyone here at Early to Rise is with you on your journey. Instead. taking action equals attraction of opportunity. you still have so much to offer the world and yes. It's your day. Your hard work is not going unnoticed. The backbone for it all was my clear vision of what I wanted to achieve. you can make it a better place. It happened by taking action every day.
. Choose to change. remember this: You will do a lot of things right in your life. ever. The sun will come up tomorrow whether you're angry or optimistic. strong and steady. But trust me. and career that you'll think that no one noticed. and exactly. your efforts are accumulating goodwill and will continue to do so until one day . and it's up to you to choose what to do with it.you will reach "overnight success" status. Each action a small victory.
Choose well.BOOM . what you want in life. Keep pushing.
I admit. but on those days when you are struggling. business.