For what I do (aka, my passion or dream) is near and dear to my heart. As a teenager, I wanted to be a gang member. Thanks to my friend from church saving me from my horrible decision, I came out unscathed- but he didn’t save himself. Along with my friend, living in a white suburbia kept me out of lots of misdemeanor trouble.
I found my passion from the last place on earth I’d ever wanted to be. That place was college. In pursuit of earning a greater opportunity (having a degree) with the ability to earn a living wage led to founding my organization, Dream Big.
If I hadn’t gone to school, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. I’d be gone elsewhere, which is why I’m fighting the “black hole” of the lack of services in middle to high schools. Many students are being overlooked because they’re not in a clique, on a sports team and receiving the title of an “A” student.
When I receive a “No” for a donation, sponsorship, partnership, or the opportunity to teach our programs, I wonder how many kids and families are disenfranchised of having more in life. A “No” for me incites me, because it tells me that a lot of people have no idea how being privileged makes a difference.
Anytime I hear a “No”, it tells me that I have to work harder. To state your “Living the Dream” is more than a metaphor to me. To a lot of people, a dream is just nonsense. To others, it’s a possibility. To some, it’s an opportunity. To a few, their dream is their reality. Unfortunately, that’s a problem to hear that ANYONE doesn’t have the opportunity to make their dream a reality.
I write this because my business is personal. My struggles are for your gain. No strings attached.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA