College Graduation. A Time For Optimism.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

I recently attended my daughter’s college graduation ceremony and can say, if you are ever feeling down and blue about the future, swing by a college commencement ceremony.  The graduates’ accomplishments and speeches are so uplifting, they will surely recalibrate your optimism.

And why shouldn’t they be optimistic.  For them, the consequences of failure are still so small that they can try and fail with near impunity.  And so they will, tackling the problems that most would not attempt, knowing the odds of success are so slim.  The young on the other hand will approach and conquer life’s biggest problems, only learning after the fact that the task was nearly impossible.  Maybe it’s all part of a grand design.  As the old become imprisoned by life’s challenges, they are replaced by the young, with their unbounded optimism and energy.

It’s fun to watch the process and fortunately, I’m still young enough to work with these up and comers, including my daughter who just joined us here.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and reminds me of the time when I too was a college graduate.

Yes, the young are the future and their time is coming, and not a moment too soon.  The problems that our world faces are huge and only the strongest, smartest and most optimistic will be able to find solutions.  It’s still too soon to pass them the baton.  But that time will come and I’m optimistic about all they will accomplish.  As Steven Jobs said in his Stanford commencement speech, “Everything will work out”.  I think he’s right.  After all, we’ve got youth on our side.

Marshall G. Eichenauer, Jr.
Owner and Managing Partner
 

Ps  If you don’t have time to get a commencement ceremony this year, I encourage you to watch Steven Jobs’ commencement speech to the Stanford class of 2005. It will move you. CLICK HERE to view it.

Just a simple garage–maybe not!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Today Google celebrated it’s 15 year anniversary at the garage where founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the company.  Turns out they were not the only silicon valley companies to start in a garage.  Hewlett Packard started the trend and Apple got it’s start there as well. Maybe its time to move out the cars and lawn mower and get something started in your garage!  To read the article from the Los Angeles Times CLICK HERE.

Tesla

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Over the last few months we have purchased Tesla (symbol TSLA) for a handful of clients.  Given the fact that it is a start up company, competing with some very big players (GM, Ford, BMW, Toyota etc…), based on relatively new technology and run by a CEO who has never been in the car business, it is not for the faint of heart or for the risk adverse.  With that said it has appreciated dramatically of late.  Will that trend continue? Time will tell. In the interim, articles like this one (CLICK HERE) give us some insight into the company and the photos are nice too!

“I Have A Dream”

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

As someone who was born in 1961, I was too young to understand Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”.  Since that time however, I have come to understand the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960′s and the positive impact it has had on so many people, not the least of which is our current President of the United States.  Even still, until today, I had never sat down and devoted the 17 minutes necessary to listen to the entire speech.  When I finally did, it became clear to me what an amazing man Mr. King was and the debt of gratitude that we as Americans owe to him.

For those of you who, like me, that have never gotten around to listening to this great speech, I encourage you to take a moment, on this, its 50th anniversary to do so.  It will remind you what a great nation we are and what we as a people are capable of accomplishing with words and without violence–something we should remind ourselves of regularly.  For a link to the speech CLICK HERE.