At 8:00pm, the students in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative completed the summer Duke Engage experience. We had just presented our projects to different community partners (and even the mayor of Durham) complete with documentaries, posters, and presentations.
As I begin to pack my things to store for the rest of the summer, here are a few lessons that come to mind:
1. There’s always something more to do
Even though our Duke Engage experience is officially over, John and I still find ourselves with things to do for Food for Thought. We need to follow-up on those we met during our final presentations. We need to send an update newsletter to all of the people who have helped us throughout this summer. We need to make sure that the nutritionists, teachers, and administration are on the same page for when the program begins August 20th. We need to…
2. Life is like a box of chocolates
In my last post I emphasized how I had gotten used to talking with others about Food for Thought. I wrote that because I had met Kathy Higgins of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) earlier that day at a garden installation and told her briefly about our project.
Well, I received an email a few days afterward saying that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina had donated money to Durham Nativity School for the Food for Thought program. Thank you Kathy Higgins for reaffirming how words, passion, and discipline can lead to extraordinary outcomes.
3. Teammates are Blessings
One thing that John and I are excited for is Alex and Claire rejoining the Food for Thought action here in Durham. As much as we are proud of what we have done during this summer, John and I know that they will bring knowledge, skills, and expertise to take Food for Thought to even higher heights.
That being said, having John as a partner throughout this summer experience has been an enormous blessing. I recall a business adage that more or less says that a good boss will hire employees better than him. After being both John’s teammate and roommate during this summer, I can begin to see the kernel of truth in why a boss would do such a thing.
John has had a great diligence throughout this program that I admire and have tried to emulate. From waking up early to the ways that he prepares for meetings, John has challenged me to be a better teammate. He has been incredible professional.
And of course, I’ve had fun. I’ve enjoyed learning about his musical tastes (“Be True to Your School” and “Springtime for Hitler” being some outstanding car tunes), his love for soccer (through IM games, the World Cup, and the FIFA video game), and his penchant for Chipotle burritos.
Thanks for being inspiring dude.
As this is the last “official” post, I do want to thank the ELI staff for all of their help and support: Professor Christopher Gergen, Liz Linzer, and Christina Bortey.
I also want to thank the ELI students who made this both a challenging and uplifting summer. Y’all get some rest now, y’hear? =)