Today, we hear from Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a writer, curriculum designer, and speaker who has served with a number of non-profit organizations (and has spoken to thousands of Millennials) over the last 5 years. He now serves as Program Excellence Manager on our team at Growing Leaders.
I met two students recently who paint a perfect picture of the struggle we all face when cultivating leaders out of the next generation.
After I finished speaking at an event, a young woman came up to me, wanting to learn a little more about what I shared. She was poised, looked me in the eye when she spoke, and was very interested in continuing to learn and grow as a leader. She is near the top of her class in academics, but still she had time to start a new club at her school, and raise money for a cause that she believes in.
A few weeks later I met a young man whose life tells a different story. He’s 23 and dropped out of college after his first year. He said college can only take you so far, but it doesn’t appear life out of college is helping him much either. He has a couple of jobs, but he doesn’t seem to have much direction. He doesn’t know where he will be in five years, and frankly, I wonder if he cares that much.