Over the years I have worked with many talented individuals who go on to attend top-notch schools, secure the most sought-after jobs in the country, and work towards the larger goal of positively impacting the world at large. While many of these students have a talent for written expression and word craft, the ability to deliver those words out loud and with sincerity and conviction is another skill entirely.
Quincy M. is a former CEA student who recently graduated from Washington High School in Iowa. Last week Quincy served as the class of 2013’s commencement speaker, delivering a message of honesty, wisdom and encouragement to his fellow students. Pointing out that, compared to so many people in the world past and present, he and his classmates have it too easy to sweat the small stuff, Quincy urged his fellow graduates to do big things with their lives.
“It is natural to fixate on the bumps in the road,” he says. “But tonight, I challenge you to look at the big picture instead. It yields greater rewards. Because we all have dreams: dreams for college, dreams for where we will work, dreams for our lives. Regardless of what you choose, have passion in your conviction and take chances.”
The language and tone of his speech is crisp and compelling, but what is most striking is the composure and charisma with which this incredibly talented seventeen-year-old speaks to a live audience of thousands. He clearly has a gift characteristic of CEOs and world leaders.
Quincy will be attending The George Washington University next year, where I know he will continue to be a leader and move people with the power of his words. CEA congratulates him and the entire class of 2013, and a decade from now, remember you heard it here first: Quincy for President!