16. Stand for something

I interviewed Chris Stadler about a week ago for our Creative Strategist project. Chris is a recent graduate of the UO SOJC, and is currently an instructor within the Advertising program. As always, Chris had good stuff to share.

One of Chris’s biggest strengths is his ability to stand for something. He is always encouraging students to think about what is important to them when considering work, careers and class projects. He points out that by standing for something is a differentiation technique, but also an important step in the journey of self discovery.

I like that. If we don’t stand for something, what do we represent? the highest bidder?

I encourage you to take the time and write down what it is that you currently stand for. And what you want to stand for. Establishing your life’s passions and how you aim to accomplish those passions is a matter of figuring out what values are the most important to you, and where you draw the line that you will not cross.

In some areas of our lives, compromise is an important skill. In other areas, compromise undermines everything you stand for. So figure out what it is that you stand for. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.

All men should strive
to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why.
~James Thurber

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