By Lyndsay | March 22, 2012
Tonight was one of the first nights I didn’t have any homework to do, so I attended a Can Do seminar in Lyons Hall with my roommate. She got some extra credit out of it and I just tagged along for fun. The seminar was about emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is not my major and neither is business, however I felt myself completely focused on everything Robert Anderson had to say. He said a lot of meaningful and motivational things about entrepreneurship and life in general. He talked about how optimism is very important and will help a person develop self-regard, self-actualization, and form interpersonal relationships. This is obviously just naming a few things because like I said, he talked about a lot. Self-regard was described as knowing who you are. But, it is about not only knowing “who you are”, but what you are, what you do, what you like to do, and how you would tell people you do. Ever thought about that? Me either. Self-actualization is doing something and to love what your doing. Also something to think about. Finally, interpersonal relationships, which he emphasized as an important part of entrepreneurship as well as life, is starting up a relationship with another person and maintaining it.
One thing that stuck with me throughout the whole presentation was how Robert Anderson talked about how any job is important because every job helps someone or contributes to someone’s life. He gave us the example of a mechanic. Some people think being a mechanic is silly job and a mechanic may even think their job is just mediocre. Robert Anderson gave us the perspective that those mechanics are just as significant as any other job because in reality they help people and even save people. If our cars were all breaking down and blowing up, don’t you think that would ruin our day? So, a mechanic isn’t just silly mediocre job, they are jobs that keep us, our family members, and everyone else safe while driving.
I think that realizing the importance of the aspects Robert Anderson talked about, would help a struggling, broke college student understand that they are important. We are also capable of accomplishing what we want to accomplish. Wherever our college educations take us, if we are optimistic, have self regard and self actualization as well as forming interpersonal relationships, we will succeed in many ways. Props to the Can Do Society for finding such an inspirational speaker, and thanks to Robert Anderson!