Publisher’s Note from Dreams People Issue 2018
What better legacy can a successful entrepreneur or business executive leave than to have mentored young individuals to keep the American Dream moving forward with entrepreneurial endeavors?
Unfortunately, in today’s political environment many young people are questioning the value of entrepreneurialism and the role of the private sector in making our world a better place.
And yet at the same time, many of their counterparts are pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors with a vigor to blend technology with human needs in every aspect of daily life.
What I have witnessed over the last forty-years of my career has been a fundamental shift of values, perceptions and behaviors of each new generation that have faced one of history’s most revolutionary changes in our economy, lifestyles and culture.
The rules of the old post-World War II era have significantly changed. No longer are the lifelong jobs at factories, nor climbing the corporate ladder with a sense of stability, nor opening a small business the 3 steps available to succeed.
Technology has ushered in the global economy. Competition is no longer just within the United States or local communities. Our society is moving faster than ever before in human civilization.
For those of us who have weathered these transformations, we must recognize that the younger generations need guidance, encouragement and support to make their dreams a reality. Role models in business are needed and treasured by upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders.
Taking the time to offer internships, supporting our local colleges and universities, being personal advisors, speaking to groups of young entrepreneurs and sharing your personal story gives a young person hope.
Each year DREAMS is proud to present our Inspiring People issue with the intent to tell the stories of those who had a dream and overcame obstacles with personal perseverance, tenacity, focus and an unending passion.
For me, mentors have played a significant role in my career, and in turn, I have always committed to mentoring programs from high school through college and beyond.
I encourage all our readers to do the same. Let a young person be inspired by your footprints and the opportunities available within the free enterprise system!
Steve Tobia, Publisher Dreams Magazine
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