Who Can Help You Plant a Tree?

Dear College Student,

 

This week I had the opportunity to talk with Austin Smith, entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He started an online toy company called Red Wagon Toys in college while getting his MBA and later sold it. He had great insights that he shared with me, but I want to focus on two pieces of advice that stuck out to me

First, the relationships and network that you create in college are just as important, if not more important than the things you learn. Think about it, there are thousands of kids across the country that, at their respective universities, are learning pretty much the same thing you are. Now when you go to try to get a job, it is hard for an employer to distinguish between the thousands of kids with similar GPA’s and backgrounds. It really all comes down to who you know, not what you know.

This was made clear to me a few years back when I was trying to get my first internship. While playing golf with a friend, I mentioned I had applied several places and just wasn’t getting the response I wanted. He told me to forward him my resume and a month later I was the newest intern at a Fortune 200 company, an even better job that I was originally applying for.

Second, don’t just talk, plan, and imagine about doing things, go and do it for real. Too often we have great dreams and ideas in our head but tell ourselves “one day.” There is danger in the word someday, because it really just means not today, but there is no better time than the present to take the first step to living your dreams. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings: The best time to plant a fruit tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is today.

Last week, after much procrastination, I finally started working on my dream of blogging. I would love your support as I continue this journey! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE subscribe below or follow us on Instagram at Dear_CollegeStudent!

 

Sincerely,

Your College Advisor

 

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