When you saw the title, Reconnecting With Your Past, you
probably thought that we were recommending that you visit Classmates.com to
look up old friends, or go to Ancestry.com to check out your family tree. Many
people are checking out those great sites especially as they may now have more
time or interest to do so, but that is not what we are talking about here. You
might have noticed the words….Through Basketball in the title? This is about a recent experience I had and relates
to some of the topics we write about in our book, Don’t Retire, REWIRE!
I’m a graduate of Michigan State University,
and admit to having no real involvement with the university since graduation. With
no family, and few friends left in Michigan,
I haven’t walked the campus for many years. Yes, I would randomly support my
college when they called for a donation but for whatever reason my heart really
wasn’t in East Lansing;
college was a point in time. Maybe some of you can relate to what I am saying;
others may be shocked because you are strong alums. The point is everyone’s
experience is unique, then and now.
During the last few years I had accepted a few invitations
from MSU to attend events in New York
City, but again my attendance didn’t result in any commitment.
Maybe this is sounding familiar to some of you? All that changed last week
however when I attended a pre-game MARCH MADNESS event prior to the
MSU-Virginia match up at Madison
Surrounded by Spartans in green and white attire, I was
treated to remarks by MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, a tremendously effective
leader, and Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo, who inspires and entertains, and is one
of the great human beings of college sports and a legend at the NCAA. Was it cool to be there? Absolutely! Did I
have a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself? For sure! Was I
proud? Yes. And things took a very positive turn when I introduced myself to
the man standing next to me who turned out to be very involved in the alumni
program. His pride, his stories, and his enthusiasm for the new horizons that
MSU plans to reach to inspire current and future generations in and outside of Michigan and the United States was infectious.
What I learned from my research on Don’t Retire, REWIRE! is that two of my personal Drivers or motivators, as identified in the
book, is to have new experiences, and
to belong. Sometimes we don’t know
what hidden treasures associated with our past can be found, until we start
showing up at events, asking questions, listening to stories, making new
acquaintances who may turn into friends.
The key here is to show up. I
asked a lot of questions that night and just joined the MSU Alumni group today. I am looking forward to meeting the 7000 MSU
alums in the New York area….well not all of them, and going back to East
Lansing to see a campus that has become a beacon to the future in a state that
is rising once again and headed back to greatness.
As I always say, when the student is ready the teacher will
appear. Moral of the story?
When you Rewire make sure you show up at activities and ask questions! And know what your Drivers are!
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