On My Soapbox

The only way to catch a unicorn is to never stop hunting it. What is your unicorn?

This is Jason Hennington’s annual message to graduates. Consider this a commencement speech.

Are unicorns real? As a father of two young daughters, this is a question I have to answer often.

My answer is always the same, “I’ve never seen one, but that doesn’t mean they exist.”

My oldest, Jasmine, is determined to find a unicorn one day. There are people who will tell her she can’t, but she will never hear it from her father.

Jasmine may never find a unicorn, but in her search, she may find some other talents and things that pique her interest. She will always be encouraged to not chase her dream but catch it.

My message to all graduates – high school and college – is to never stop hunting for your unicorn. Even when people tell you it’s not possible, don’t give up.

Considering how the school year ended, there should be nothing to keep graduates from reaching their goals. In fact, I think it has given students more assets to use in the future – Zoom, Google Meetings and other programs and apps.

With the help of social media, we can share our success and failures with others all over the world in an instant. We can also learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others to finetune how we pursue our goals.

However, when you fail, don’t let that be discouraging. You may find something that resembles a unicorn, but you learn it is not. You may also be the first to find that species. That’s failing successfully. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Also, don’t let someone else’s misfortune deter you from your goals. There will be times you might want to quit or settle for what’s comfortable. In the long run, you may feel regret or wonder, “what if?”

If you do decide to change your goal and accept the opportunity in front of you, make sure you continue to learn and grow. No matter how far you get, there is always room for growth and advancement in a career.

If you change directions, you can still reach your dream, you just found a new path to get there.

The best things in life are usually the hardest to obtain – unicorns. If everyone could have a unicorn, they wouldn’t be so special. I don’t know if Jasmine will find a unicorn, but I know she will do everything she can to succeed. If she doesn’t, she will be successful in other ways, possibly a unicorn clothing line or a line of unicorn accessories and toys.

So, she will find her unicorn one way or another. Will you find yours? Don’t stop hunting.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now and go binge watch the final season of Game of Zones (yes, that’s the right name). But first I want to give a happy birthday shout out to my dad. I still hear Superman stories about his basketball skills all the time.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

- Unknown

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