Editor’s Note: Eccles School finance student Jeffrey Letsinger visited his hometown and came back with a new perspective on what success as a business student and a person means to him.
I recently had the chance to revisit my old high school in Boise, Idaho. I was a little bit nervous at first because talking to old teachers can be kind of a daunting task, especially when you were a bit noisy in school. I was no longer their student, so they could really tell me how they felt about me now that consequences were essentially irrelevant. To my pleasant surprise they were excited to see me and were very interested in what I was up to.
One teacher in particular was welcoming and very motivational. She told me how she knew I was always destined for big things, and it was an awesome little pick-me-up. When I returned to Salt Lake City, I realized I was sort of just another cog in the machine of some 33,000 students. Then I realized that self-satisfaction never stands a chance when I am constantly comparing my success to that of others.
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