I presented at John I. Leonard High School during Entrepreneurship Week. After the presentation, a large group of students came up to me to ask questions, say thank you for presenting, ask about internships, etc.. After about 10 min. of this, there was one student in the back of the crowd that patiently waited. Once he reached me, which was after most all of the crowd had dispersed, he extended his hand for a handshake and very directly said "thank you for coming today". Now, a lot of students had said that just prior to him, but he was very intense as he said so it caught me off guard a bit. I told him your welcome as I began to put some things away. I continued to ask him what he liked most or if he was interested in 3D printing (some "standard" follow-up questions). This student proceeded to tell me that that day changed his life. He stated that for a few years, leading up to the day prior, he had wanted to start an App development company, but the day prior to the presentation, he gave up. He said that hearing very candid how I was not a "perfect student", had trials and tribulations experienced in both personal and business and how I was open to growth to get to my goal, revitalized his enthusiasm and that he decided that day, no matter what, he would not give up on his dream. Take a bit by what turned out to be a very passionate testimony of an entrepreneur being born, I told him to feel free to email, call, etc. with any questions I may be able to help with in his business journey. We stayed in touch for a while and last I heard he was gathering a small team to begin development of the app.
There are maybe 3 or 4 stories that immediately stick out when I think about my time operating Halo and this is one of those. It was a humbling experience to see how my day to day life that brought me to that point and maybe aspects I took for granted, helped inspire the next generation of thinkers. Even if just 1 in 100, that one student was impacted by what I was able to share and the result of his testimony also helped revive my excitement to keep doing what I do.
I have Junior Achievement and the team that allowed Halo to be a part of Entrepreneurship Week to thank for this!