What I Learned From Malcolm X

The Only Constant is Change

In high school, basketball was my life. I wasn’t very involved around school, I didn’t have many close friends, and all of my free time was spent in a gym. To play college basketball was my dream. That’s all I wanted.

When I first started college, I wanted to be an entrepreneur. My plan was to graduate and open up my own gym. At that time in my life, my idea of the world still didn’t span very far beyond sports. I was no longer an athlete, but that athletic fire was still burning. I was having a hard time moving on. I didn’t yet understand the concept of reinventing myself or trying new things.

About midway through college, I watched The Social Network, the movie about how Facebook was started, and I became inspired to become the world’s next Mark Zuckerberg. I came up with the idea for a debate app, where users could bring some purpose back to social media by debating with their friends on current events from around the world. I tried to get the company going, but I was unsuccessful. In a few short years, I went from basketball player to tech entrepreneur.

Fast-forward to my senior year of college, and I decide to write a book. Writing has always been a passion of mine since I was little. I’m naturally introverted, so writing was always the easiest and most comfortable way for me to share my thoughts and ideas. Everyone else seemed to be shocked. Who sits in a library for 22 days straight during Christmas break of their senior year, and writes a book? The best explanation I have is I was just struck by the idea. The desire to write a book just came to me one day, and I had this overwhelming urge to share it with the world. I guess someone thought my story needed to be heard.

As my senior year was coming to an end, it was my dream to get a job with a tech startup company in Boulder or Denver. Before graduating, I accepted a job with a tech startup company in Denver. Three months into that job, I realized my true purpose was to be in Pueblo, and immediately came back to fulfill that purpose. That simple choice has led to some incredible changes in my life, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to play out.

One of my favorite books of all time is The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His story was absolutely fascinating, but one thing stood out above all else: throughout his entire life, he went through tremendous changes as a human being. He evolved so much that it was as if he was an entirely different person at the end of his story than he was at the beginning of his story. I encourage you to read that book, and be inspired by his story.

It’s crazy for me to look back over the last 5 years and notice how much has changed. Realizing that makes me wonder how different my life will be 5 years from now. That’s the most exciting part for me; I have no idea how my life is going to turn out. Everything could change. But change hasn’t failed me yet.


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