Eric here, I had the pleasure of going to one of the largest colleges in the North East and speak about Shred to an entrepreneurship class of a hundred students. This is the second time I have had the privilege to speak at Umass and it’s always a great group of motivated young individuals trying to change the world with the next big idea. The best part about public speaking is the reaction you get from students. At the end when there is a line all the way across the room of people waiting to introduce themselves and chat with you one on one for a minute to just get to know you a little better is such a great feeling that you have hopefully inspired them to move towards their goals and dreams to become that 1% to take the risk of entrepreneurship.
I received an email not a few days later from a student named Craig Roberts and it really was rewarding to know that I was able to inspire. This is what the email read:
“Hey Mr. Sullivan,
You recently spoke to my entrepreneur initiative class at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We have had several speakers, but none caught my attention as much as you did. You realistically spoke about starting a company, other speakers talked about it in terms of having start-up money, but you were a college student and understood the financial burdens. Eric, you honestly made me believe that I do no need to wait until I graduate to start an online social network site or a fashion line. I can start right now.
We briefly spoke, I wanted to know more about how you got started because I think your ability to have the discipline to start your own online network and a clothing line while working towards a college degree.”
Shred has been such a fun project for Jon and I to not only create something we absolutely love and stand behind but to be able to interact with some really awesome people and see their reactions to our crazy creations is what is always rewarding.