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10 years is a long time.

Its hard to even decide what I'm going to do with present issues. 10 years from now I hope to have finished with graduate school and obtained a career that i love. I plan on having my B.A. and Masters completed in Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. I'm halfway to my B.A. so that seems much more than reasonable. If I were called upon to help out in the Tokyo Food Crisis, i would hope my education and experience in the communications field would help me to be able to get the word out to the public about the urgent need for change. I'd use my talents to create campaigns to raise awareness and get people to join in the fight.

Actually when i think about it even more, i hope to have already made a change in the world 10 years from now. I would like to think that I already have the ability to make a change. Volunteering for charity and relief organizations could be a good start. Change should start now. Not 10 years from now. My desire to increase my knowledge will enable me to learn new skills to help me along this path. Networking with people through work and school can build innumerable bridges that can prove helpful in the future. People should think about the tomorrow TODAY to ensure that there will be a future for us to look forward to.

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Comment by Ken Eklund on March 3, 2010 at 4:47pm
Great spark, Brandon! Malcolm Gladwell has this theory that you need to put in 10,000 hours on something before you get really good at it. If you start now, you'll have your 10,000 hours in and your Change The World communication and future-envisioning skills will be awesome!
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 3, 2010 at 4:53pm
Thanks Ken! I definitely plan on starting now to make the changes that I want to see happen.
Comment by Marc Skaf on March 3, 2010 at 4:55pm
Hey Brandon,

I think you have changed the world for many people. Think of how you have shaped the world for many of your family, friends, and peers. Perhaps this isn't the scale you were imagining, but changing somebodies world for the better is an accomplishment in itself. Continue to persevere towards your goals.

Good luck,
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 3, 2010 at 5:04pm
Thank you Marc. I never thought of things that way.I guess we never really know the impact we have on peoples lives huh?
Comment by Marc Skaf on March 3, 2010 at 5:18pm
Change comes in many forms and it takes many people to influence one person over their lives. I am sure to an extent every influential person or significant figure (Einstein, Newton, Tesla)x had friends or peers who may have given them advice or some form of support in their lives and helped them achieve what they did. Though it might be more gratifying to know the direct effects that you had in changing the world, I think there are many things that individuals do without even knowing.

Jack Johnson wrote in a song "But you're so busy changing the world. Just one Smile and you can change all of mine."

I really enjoyed those lyrics, I hope they can mean something to you.

I guess what I want you to think about Brandon is that you have to embrace every small "victory", that is the small changes to a person, a group, a community, and so on. You will find it more rewarding if you accept even the smallest changes as a goal, and eventually all those small changes will lead to a bigger change! Just like the movie "Pay it Forward".

Enjoy the simple things in life,
Marc Skaf
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 3, 2010 at 5:42pm
thank you again Marc for all the great advice. I will definitely take it to heart and think more about how I help people out by the things I do daily. I realize that we won't always receive recognition for the changes we bring about but we can be happy knowing that we did inspire someone in some way.
Comment by Monica Toth on March 4, 2010 at 9:39pm
Hello Brandon! I've enjoyed your posts. I got my Master's degree two years ago and my life looks completely different than I ever expected, so don't be surprised if it happens to you. If there's one piece of advice I can offer, it is this: focus on the core skills and talents that your education offers you, rather than the career track it seems to indicate. Your own versatility will amaze you.

I'm going to friend you so I can read your next posts more easily! I'm more of a tinkerer and data analyst than an awareness raiser, so I hope to learn a lot from you as Evoke moves forward.
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 4, 2010 at 9:43pm
Thanks Monica!! I'm really excited that I've already made the decision that i will be going for my Master's degree as I really enjoy everything that I do and I see education as an opportunity to open doors that would be closed otherwise.

I look forward to hearing from you over the next couple of weeks! Especially in the fields of data analyzing ;)
Comment by David Dreshfield on March 5, 2010 at 7:00am
Your SPARK is clear, Brandon! Like Monica, I'm more of an analyzing and synthesizing type rather than a visible activist, so it's inspiring to me to be clearly seeing the energy you're bringing to this great shared venture.
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 5, 2010 at 7:13am
Thanks again David. I'd gladly work by your side and play on each others strengths!


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