Since Steve Jobs’ passing, his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University has been getting some attention. He has been quoted as follows: “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” This got me thinking about our recent or soon to be graduates, young entrepreneurs and our business.
I hope that every graduating class has budding entrepreneurs with big goals. You don’t need to create the next Apple but start small and follow your inner voice to success. Along the way, you can create good and meaningful jobs to add value to the economy. Good jobs mean fair pay; treating your employees with respect and helping families succeed. It would also be great if you can create something. We don’t see enough ‘builders’ – not the construction type of builder – but rather manufacturers in our market. We probably have enough traders and hedge fund guys for a while.
At First County Bank, I’ve been known to say we prefer the single, double and the occasional triple, referring to both the internal success of our employees as well as the success of our customers. You don’t have to swing for the fences all the time to be successful. And when you do win, share your success with others. Job creation is terrific but always remember that your network helped you succeed so keep them in mind and give back to your community and favorite non-profit when you can. Also, mentoring ot5her young entrepreneurs will keep the cycle alive.
We like small business and see that market as key to our own success at the Bank and the community as a whole. Our support of the small business owner and young entrepreneur shows in many ways including symposiums we offer with colleagues at @UCONN and @Creative Partners and ongoing business workshops. They bring a lot of value and hopefully will smooth out a bumpy road for at least one new entrepreneur. I’ll leave you with another Job’s quote that’s always inspired me, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards.” Wishing you much success in connecting your dots.