When our Professor Peter Rachor was in high school, he was already well on his way to being an entrepreneur. One of his projects was selling 25-foot long telephone cords for the rotary phones attached to the walls of what seemed to be every home in America. We have one of these in our UP Museum if you want to know what it looks like! These phones had a three-foot cord so you could not go anywhere to have a private conversation. Twenty-five feet meant you could go into your room and shut the door! That was freedom in a world without cell phones!
Be willing to get out of your comfort zone even though it is not an easy thing to do. Doing so will allow you to experience new things, gain knowledge, and more confidence in yourself. You probably do not know what career path you want to follow, so getting yourself out there, meeting new people, taking on internships, talking to your professors, participating in extra-curricular activities will not only develop your skills but also expose you to what you like and don’t like, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Even when things you try don’t work out well, hopefully you learned something and met interesting people!
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