More than 250 students, faculty, staff, and community members poured into Tri-County Community College’s Enloe Multi-Purpose Room to hear Sylvester Chisom give his keynote speech, “Manifest Greatness,” on Feb. 27.
“Before I get started, I want each of you to repeat after me,” Chisom said, before the crowd enthusiastically repeated his statements, “I am smart,” “I am passionate,” and “I am a leader.”
Chisom, a nationally-recognized entrepreneur, discussed the importance of passion, dedication, and limitlessness during his speech.
“If you take nothing else away from this, let it be this,” Chisom said. “You are not limited by your circumstances. The only limits that exist are the ones you place upon yourself.”
Students from Tri-County Community College, as well as Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon counties listened with rapt attention as Chisom outlined the keys to becoming a successful entrepreneur and how to apply an entrepreneurial mindset in everyday life.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Chisom to our campus,” said Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, president of Tri-County Community College. “His speech was an excellent opportunity to further our goal of fostering the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset here at Tri-County.”
In 2014, Tipton-Rogers became one of 15 community college presidents in the state to sign the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship’s (NACCE) President for Entrepreneurship Pledge in an effort to meet the educational, economic, and workforce development roles of the 21st century entrepreneurial community college.
“Our students greatly benefitted from his energy and his expertise in how to unlock their potential for future business or career aspirations,” Tipton-Rogers said.
Chisom also noted the importance of being an entrepreneur in a global society.
“The world needs what you have to manifest your greatness,” Chisom said. “But you need to be willing to give yourself to the world in return.”
As Chisom closed out his speech, he reminded the audience of the dedication, passion, and hard work necessary to make their dreams become reality.
“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great,” Chisom said.
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