Young Entrepreneurs keynote speaker, Michael Limas [Pictured], financial advisor, co-owner of Las Ramblas in Brownsville, shared his education journey, including doing the little jobs that he may not have necessarily enjoyed doing, but did them because they helped him in his entrepreneur journey. He mentioned the importance of serving as an intern and building the confidence to “just do it” and take on new challenges. Through entrepreneur endeavors, people can network and you can find businesses who want to invest in what you do and will be there to support you. Opportunities will come when effort is put forth. He enthusiastically said that if what you’re doing isn’t working, pivot and do something new. Don’t let fear stop you. The bottom line is not to give up on yourself and keep going forward.
The virtual event concluded with some inspiring closing remarks from Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat [Pictured], RGV LEAD Board President and event judge. Lizzy reminded the participants of Thomas Edison’s famous words, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
She shared with the students that perspective is everything – it’s key to survival and success. “As Edison once said,” she continued, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do, doesn’t mean it’s useless.” It’s all part of the journey. Embrace the challenges because they often come with the greatest learning opportunities if you allow them.”
In closing, Lizzy encouraged the contestants to read Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. “My only regret is not having read it sooner,” she said. “The book reaffirmed to me that more than innate talent, it is the level of grit that distinguishes mediocrity from excellence. Grit is the common denominator amongst the most successful people in the world.”
Indeed, grit is the critical predictor of success.