What would you say to your 20-year-old self?
If you had a chance.
What advice would you give?
A few years ago I had an opportunity to answer this very question in front of thousands of people.
I was given the honor to serve as a graduation speaker at Hartwick College - my own academic home, my alma mater.
This was (by far!) the hardest talk I've ever given in my life. I never prepared this hard. I never felt this much responsibility. I never got this nervous.
But once I remembered myself 20 years earlier, sitting at my own graduation with a cap and gown, filled with anxiety and anticipation, it suddenly got clearer. And calmer. And more focused.
I told my 20-something-year-old self that change is coming faster than I could ever imagine. I shared that only one year after graduation, I would be married. That 3 years after graduation, I would be a mom. That 5 years after graduation, my father-in-law would kill himself.
I spoke about the ups and downs of life and the speeding up cycles of change in business and society.
And I told my 20-year-old self that she will be all right.
It is my great privilege to share this talk with you today. I hope it can give you or somebody nearby exactly what they need to hear today:
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn change and disruption into an opportunity.
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