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life, death and time

When I was younger, I was petrified of death.

The thought of never being able to see, hear, think or feel again was so unbearable I would get up from my bed in the middle of the night, panicking and trying to do anything to stop thinking about it.

I remember crying to my parents about it at least once.

As I got older, I slowly realized something: I wasn’t scared about death being the end. I was most scared of getting to the end and realizing I didn’t live.

And by live, I mean work on things I was passionate about, help people, live by my values, spend as much time as possible with the people I love, and have the freedom of time and money to do all of these things.

That, with the help of my parents, was when I started questioning the traditional path of college to a safe career to save as much as possible so you can have an amazing retirement when you're older.

That’s why entrepreneurship clicked with me (and my brother Joseph) so early in my life.

Entrepreneurship was the most exciting way to accomplish many of my metrics for spending my limited time the right way.

This fear of not living was all the motivation I needed to take a risk, leave my banking salary and start a company in education.

It was all the motivation I needed to struggle financially for the first several years of our company before we found our footing.

And it continues to be the motivation I need to impact as many youth and educator lives as possible.

That’s why we believe it’s so important to talk with youth about the concept of time.

Time can be that missing spark they need to find their own motivation, take calculated risks, work hard and reach their potential.

Time can help them realize in the grand scheme that their problems, obstacles and limitations aren’t as big of a deal as they might seem in the moment.

And it would be silly for them to let these things keep them from living.

Here’s to living,

Matthew

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