This week’s blog post for me is going to be about Daniel Seddiqui and the 5 lessons he learned on his journey across America. Those 5 lessons that he learned from his experiences working 50 jobs in 50 states are perseverance, risk taking, adaptability, networking, and endurance. So you may be thinking how does this guy’s lessons apply to you? Seeing as one day all of us are going to be college graduates out in the working world seeking employment, all of these apply to all of us.
What I took away from Daniel’s experience was to never give up. No matter how many times you are put down or told no, never, ever give up. I mean between being a competitive athlete to being rejected for 40+ job interviews after graduating, Daniel never gave up, he pushed forward. I think this applies to almost all of us because dealing with rejection is a part of life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
Daniel set out on his quest with doubts, never knowing where he might be sleeping, if he would have enough money for gas, or even if he had a job the next week. Yet, through all this uncertainty and all the challenges, he followed through because it was something he was passionate about. I think there is something to relate to here also because from day one we are told, as college students, to follow our dreams, so do something we are passionate about. That is what Daniel did and I am willing to bet he doesn’t regret any of it.
During Daniel’s adventure he had to adapt to different cultures, different foods, and different jobs. Between being a rodeo announcer, to a cheese maker, and a dietician, Daniel did it all but only because he was flexible and willing to acclimate to his new surroundings. I think if thrown into an unfamiliar environment, such as full-time employment, the search for full-time employment, or even starting college, it is essential and necessary to adapt. So what I got from this is that you will not get the full experience and therefore not reap the maximum amount of benefits you could from this experience, if you’re not willing to adapt somewhat.
As soon as you start college you start hearing about networking through the saying: it isn’t what you know it’s who you know. For Daniel, networking was very important. Employers from one job sometimes helped him get another job in a different state, either by the connections they had or by serving as a reference. I believe networking is a very important aspect for finding employment after graduation, sometimes knowing the right person can be the deciding factor between you getting the job and the person sitting next to you.
For Daniel endurance meant having an active mind and body. By being on the road for so long, he needed to stay healthy and alert. I think understanding one’s limits, and being able to continue on with what you want to achieve is key to obtaining success. I think, of all the other lessons, endurance relates the most to perseverance. By this, I mean setting goals, pursuing your passions, never giving up, and making it out, happy and healthy in the end.
Above are just my own personal interpretations of the lessons Daniel Seddiqui learned on his journey across America. I encourage each and every one of you to come and hear Daniel’s interpretations at his keynote and form your own personal interpretations as well. His journey is truly incredible and serves as a source inspiration.
Come and join us, everyone is welcome! The event is on November 6th from 4-5:30 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.
See you there!
Thanks again to our awesome sponsors who are helping us bring Daniel to campus for National Career Development Month: Kirby Leadership Institute, Office for Students in Transition, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Office of Civic Engagement, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Club, and the M.A. in Psychological Science.