College Graduation. A Time For Optimism.
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.