The title of my talk was "What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?" I examined this simple, but momentous, question, and encouraged the students to dig deeper, asking, How can you improve the world, and What is the story you want to tell with your life? I shared lessons learned from cycling thousands of miles with my young children across Japan, Iceland, Europe and the U.S. I described the awe and respect I have for blind athletes I've guided in marathons and Ironman triathlons -- people who have an excellent excuse not to push themselves so hard, and yet choose to do it anyway. I challenged the students to go out into the world with this same courageous mindset.
After my talk, a number of students approached to tell me about their hopes and goals. A recurring theme that came up was how to pay for the meaningful life you want to create. There's no easy answer, but I know this: Money comes and goes. We need it to survive, but not to thrive.
Here are some pics:
The talk was held in the UNIS theater
From the crowd's point of view
Talking with students afterwards - best part of the experience