Today is March 2nd. On this day in 1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel was born, widely known as Dr. Seuss.
Whenever I need an infusion of confidence or creativity I turn to his writings, because in Seussville anything is possible. It is OK to make up words, OK to hold cats and people accountable for their actions, and if you dare to dream big Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
I was honored to be chosen last week as one of the final ten presenters during the Seed20 Onstage selection round. On Tuesday March 3rd I have the chance to spend just under 3 minutes giving Charlotte another peek at the vision for a Food Innovation District.
It would be great to come out on top Tuesday night, but I’ve gotten the big win – a chance for my voice to be heard again. Hopefully by people who want to come to the table as partners or investors.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
And that’s the thing. I care. I care about supporting farmers and food entrepreneurs. I care about local food becoming more mainstream. I care about making food part of every conversation. I care about the community that we are building and the stories that are emerging.
That is my Why. And I’m proud to share the stage on Tuesday night with nine – and really nineteen – other passionate people who want to share their Whys. Honestly we all deserve to win. And I think we’re all rooting for each other.
There is a part of me that wishes Seed20 was not a competition, but the challenge has helped us all tell our stories a little better. Because the moment will come when we really are stuck in an elevator with Providence and have less than three minutes to give her our pitch.
So stay tuned and if you haven’t gotten a ticket yet it isn’t too late. http://www.seed20.org
“And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”