Updated: Oct 25, 2022
There are far too many strangers in our world.
Even some of the people closest to us feel like strangers.
We live on the surface of each others' lives. We barely know each other.
We chit-chat. We keep it safe.
Meanwhile, we're lonely. Especially college students.
We don't feel seen, heard, or known.
We are desperately longing for a true connection.
Isn't it strange that colleges are supposed to be these places full of friendships, fun, and connection... and yet so many students are experiencing loneliness, boredom, and disconnection?
Now add on another layer...
College is the time when so many students realize that they want to make a difference in our world.
They want to effect change.
They want to rally around a cause and make the world a better place.
But so many college students find themselves alone in their apartments, desperately posting and texting about what they wish the world would be...
We've been teaching this message called Social Excellence for almost 10 years now.
We wrote a book on it.
There are some TED talks about it.
There's a podcast about it.
And we teach it to tens of thousands of people every year.
I want to explain why we teach this message.
Listen closely to this little bit of truth:
Your ability to connect determines your ability to gather. And your ability to gather determines your ability to impact the world.