Speaker encourages students to follow their passion

It was standing room only when Matt Wilson, co-founder of Under30CEO.com, spoke on April 7 as part of the Graham Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, Visionary Leaders at Penn State York.  More than 225 students, members of the campus community, and others listened to the 25-year-old entrepreneur talk about following his passion and pursuing a dream.

“Challenge yourself and follow your instincts,” said Wilson.  “Don’t be afraid to change the world and do what you love.”

Wilson, who co-founded Under30CEO.com along with Jared O’Toole, created a website dedicated to giving young entrepreneurs the tools and resources they need to succeed. After using social media to create a huge buzz online, Under30CEO was written about in numerous publications including Entrepreneur and Reuters, and Wilson began helping others build their brands through the digital marketing firm Shadow Concepts, LLC. 

Wilson’s passion for entrepreneurship began at Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I., where he led the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization to becoming the world’s No. 1 entrepreneurship organization and earned personal accolades as National Student Leader of the Year.

Wilson offered four steps for students to take as they pursue their passion and make their dream become a reality.

The steps are:

-- 1. Make a list, find out who is making money and where the niches are;

-- 2. Engulf yourself and learn everything you can about the area you are interested in;

-- 3. Network, connect with millions of people through Twitter and other online tools as well as meeting with everyone you can; and

-- 4.Take the leap, you might fail, but you’ll never know unless you try.


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Last Updated April 14, 2011