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4) Some courage and passion as a community
One of the great challenges in America is that many of us can get so caught up in the paper chase that we forget what really matters. You go to college, get the big house, fancy car and impressive job title, and are somehow convinced that you’ve done something that matters to the world. The reality is that capability and capacity mean nothing without having the courage to act and commit to something greater than yourself. Without the courage to transfer your success to those in the world who need your example, you may live and die without anyone knowing or caring that you were ever here.
The misfortune of a meaningless life can be applied to many of us who think we’ve “made it”: wealthy athletes, corporate ballers, attorneys and college professors. We must learn that educational achievement is not simply a quest to find a higher paying overseer. If you are not using your skill or achievements to help the community that lifted you up, your degree may not be worth the paper it’s printed on.