Students, Donald Trump, and Easter Eggs

NOTE: This was originally written on March 25, 2016, just moving it to Medium for publication.

Ah the joys of driving in Upstate NY! I spent 13 hours in the car in 3 days as I traversed from Manchester, NH to Potsdam, NY to Rome, NY and back to Manchester.

The good news (or bad news, depending on your perspective) is that it gave me A LOT of time alone in the car to think about my “TK Thoughts of the Week”:

1. I spent 6 hours with a group of about 20 students at Clarkson University this week. The entire time they pinged me with questions about career, startups, and personal decisions they need to make. Helping a young person is invigorating! In different parts of the country, I do something like this probably once or twice per month and I think every American over the age of 30 should have to do it at least once per year — sit and take questions for 6 hours on any subject they want to ask about. It would be a bi-directional learning experience.

2. This week in Utica, NY, I had a cup of coffee with a man who was a small business owner, extremely articulate, well-educated, and engaging in his thoughts. He told me that he was voting for Trump. And when I asked him why, he said: “I don’t agree with almost anything the man says, but I know that if he gets elected there will be a real revolution. And we need a revolution.” No one is happy in the U.S. Everyone wants significant change; I just hope it is a peaceful metamorphosis.

3. I love dyeing Easter eggs. There is something quite exciting about the creative process of it.

Enjoy the weekend and may the taste of whisky be part of the enjoyment process.