“Get a diploma, but Then Get a Passport”

As someone who recently started a nonprofit and can barely keep her head above water, I love being tipped off to great articles via Facebook and Twitter.  My friend, @EricBeato, posted a fantastic article from the New York Times on his Facebook page today.  The title of the article says it all: “Get a Diploma, but Then Get a Passport“.  In an interview with Adam Bryant, Quintin E. Primo III, co-founder and C.E.O. of Capri Capital Partners, a real estate investment and development firm in Chicago, shares advice for college grads.  He believes that to flourish in business, young people need to see the world. 

Q. What’s your best career advice to young graduates?

A. Three words: leave the country. Get out of here. That’s what I tell everybody — just go. I don’t care where you go, just go.

Q. Because?

A. Because the world is changing. It is no longer acceptable to speak only English if you are 25 and younger. It’s unacceptable. You have little chance of being successful if you speak only one language.

If you don’t understand Islam, you’re in trouble because Islam comprises somewhere between 1.6 billion and 1.8 billion people, and there are markets that are untapped that need to be tapped.

So you’ve got to get out of your front door, get out of the comfort and quiet of your home, and your safety zone, and step into a pool of risk where you have no idea what the outcome is going to be. Out of it all, you will have a much broader understanding of the world’s cultures, and you will have a much clearer idea of how the world perceives our culture, and all the value, and the benefits, and the beauty of our culture.

There is nothing more important. I don’t care where you went to business school. I don’t care whether your grades were good or bad. You have to leave the country.

Nepal on November 8th, anyone?

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