Here is another inspirational talk from my boss, Taylor, on life. On this particular day, I had asked Taylor to tell us the greatest lessons that he has learned. I asked him to tell us one that he learned the easy way, and one that he learned the hard way. Out of the thousands of words of wisdom that he gives on a weekly basis, here is one that stuck out to me:
"You’re in college to get a degree, but if you’re only in college to get a degree, then you’re here for the wrong reasons. If you’re not here to acquire the knowledge and grow as a person, then you’re wasting your time and money. The education is not what gets you the job… it’s what keeps you the job. The degree gets you in the door. But if you have a degree and you’re an idiot, then nobody’s going to keep you even if they hire you. So what good is a degree if nobody wants to hire you because you’re a moron? Never stop learning. Find things to be passionate about. And seek those things. Always. If it’s music or movies or outdoors or longboarding, know everything you can about anything you’re passionate about. Even if that knowledge doesn't make you money, it’s still extremely valuable. That is something I learned the easy way. Things I've learned the hard way? You have to trust people, even if you know they will burn you. If you don’t trust anybody, your life isn't going to be very fulfilling. You’re not going to have anybody there that you need when you need somebody. But you’re still going to get burned, and that’s part of life. Everybody is going to let you down in life. Everybody. There is not a single person in your life that is not going to drop the ball. Period. But you have to know, that the best things in life often come with the biggest risks. If you know that there is a potential that you can get hurt, that is usually something that turns out to be the most rewarding. If you play it safe your whole life, then you’re going to miss out on a lot of great opportunities. You've got to learn to trust people and take risks. That I learned the hard way. I’m a person that believes in calculated risk. I've played it safe my entire life, and have lost a lot of opportunities."