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    Thank you from Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals.

    We the fortunate few, to have survived – hopefully succeeded throughout the year – will gently walk away from 2011 with a better understanding of ourselves and each other. It’s been a year of turmoil and triumph – of personal loss and restoration – of possibility — of amazing.

    I say “Thank You” to all Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals members, for your insight – support – even for your criticism, which always makes us deliver a better offering, but most all “Thank You” for being in the arena – not proselytizing, but doing – not hoping – but working towards it – not expecting someone else to help – you advocating and actualizing change – for what’s right  — for what’s better and more pluralistic.

    We have changed, and you might not recognize it – but we have indeed gotten better – more humane – more ready to become what we should have  already been, and 2012 will be the year we synchronize and activate all of our gifts, skills and experiences – the year we’ve been waiting for to change everything – the year we move from “rowboat” to “rocket ship.”

    I am grateful on this last night of 2011, to all those who work with me, especially Donnie Bryant and Sascha Tausend, who keep this ship within meaningful exploration and pointed toward the sun. I believe 2012 will be breakout years for Callie and K – hopefully the best year of their lives. And for all Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals members, I wish you the very best health and success within all endeavor.

    Hopefully, I will see you soon – in 2012 – where we can commensurate about our experiences – where we’ve been – are now – and intend to go. Discuss our attempts – the missteps and the achievement – the breakthroughs — the game changers – and how it connects to everything and everyone. Hopefully, we can put a plan together that incorporates the many, as opposed to only a few – and become something important – no –  become something valuable – something global – something “universal.”

    As for me, this will be the year – I contribute more than receive – to be more serious about our offering here – more sensitive to the time you have — to the time you don’t have to spend with us – to become an instrument to those who want to do well – the right way. This will be the year, I start to lead – through your voice, vision and power – through the confluence of excellence, empathy and brotherhood – of commerce and human dignity – a progressive and inclusive revolution – lead to become our very best selves and interconnected to each other.

    The Man in the Arena — Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

    Happy New Year.

    Good luck and Go well.


    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    Filed Under: Gamechangers


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