"You shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back"
I love this quote by Maya Angelou. I think I love it because sometimes I think I live my life with the restraint of a catcher's mitt on each hand, live my life through a reverie of reservations and false starts - and it's always a positive to get a little reminder that life is not meant to be lived that way.
I also like the notion of Angelou's quote that you are here to throw something back out into the world. Sometimes I falter in my attempts, but in the long run I desire to be an influence in some regard to the people around me and more during my lifetime. I desire to add some value to the outside world throughout my life, hopefully both personally and professionally. And even though I don't know quite yet what it is that I'm supposed to be "throwing" back out there - with time and determination it will come, and what's presently important is the understanding of the significance of having an influence (making a mark).
Below is a chart that I found really interesting about the CEO's of Tommorrow. The study showed that while education was important to the upcoming generation, the characteristic most important for a CEO to them was PASSION. They "valued experience and drive to achieve more than just a degree," and their top priority was "globalization" - a coming together and integration of nations. I think this chart is extremely interesting, and I hope you do too. If this chart holds true, I think we have a lot of promise for the future leaders of our country. And hopefully understanding passion is of utmost importance for your vocation, they also comprehend that that passion needs to be shared.