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THE POWER OF ACTION

TAGGART LOHMAN - APRIL 3, 2019 

ACTION AT WORK — SOUTHERN PATAGONIAN ICE FIELD, CHILE

ACTION AT WORK — SOUTHERN PATAGONIAN ICE FIELD, CHILE

 

When I sat down to write my first-ever blog post, I wanted to make it count. So, I decided to write about the most important lesson I’ve ever learned: The power of action.


Although at surface this seems like a vague concept, it actually is a really simple rule that has truly changed how I live my life. In highschool, I worked for a proprietary trader and very successful businessman. On the day before I started classes at Miami, I went to lunch with this boss, and over burgers at the Girl and the Goat, I was given a piece of advice that changed the way I look at decisions. He said to me, “Say yes to everything, don’t waste time thinking about the consequences of small decisions. Know that if you do what you think is right in the moment, you’ll probably end up fine. Taking risk is a part of changing the world, and if you want to make a difference you have to know that you’ll stumble along the way. Pick yourself back up and try something new.”

When I got to Tappan Hall the next afternoon, I unpacked my room and my thoughts. “Say yes” was ingrained in my consciousness. Since that day I’ve lived by saying yes, whenever the opportunity arises.

Assume the role of Brand and Marketing director of a fraternity on the brink of extinction? Yes.

Go on a blind date? Yes.

Travel to Chile alone and hike over 200 miles? Yes.

Climb the highest pass in the Himalayas? Yes again.

Take on two different internships and a role as the chief creative officer of a startup during my sophomore year? A million times yes.


The point is, no matter how hard the challenge, I said yes. No matter how crazy the request, including the more stupid ones, like going out every Wednesday night of my Junior year, I obliged. It has truly opened the door to some incredible, if not intensely risky endeavors.


Although this policy is something that I have started to live by, I want to be clear that I’m not telling you to adopt it. I think that it takes a certain person to say yes to everything. I do think that  everyone needs to try this at a point in their life because whether you keep it up long-term or not, it’ll change your life.


So, my advice to an incoming college student? Say yes to everything. You’ll be surprised how much your life will change, even if you only say yes for a few weeks. Don’t forget… these are the best years of your life, and you  only get one shot at it. So, take those risks and live life to the fullest. You might just end up changing the world.