by Chris Alford
General Manager, North America Domestic Delivery Centers
IBM, Global Business Services
You have an exciting and fulfilling life ahead of you. You can’t even begin to imagine the places you’ll go, the impact you’ll have and the adventure you’ll live. For a steel town girl from Sault Ste Marie, your life is going to change.
I know that Marine Biology is your passion and you hope to find adventure sailing the seven seas. If that remains your dream, follow it with all your heart. But stay open minded, life will present you with opportunities you never dreamed of. It may take you down some uncomfortable paths, but remember that you can’t grow without pushing yourself. Take risks. Sign up for those opportunities, even if you don’t have all the skills. As motivational speaker Zig Ziglar says “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”.
Always remember to be yourself. Stay grounded in your values, never comprise. There is no other “you” in the entire world. So develop your own voice, and your own personal style – bring energy into a room.
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