I delivered this speech to students to mark the 1/3rd way through the Flatiron School journey:
Now more than ever in your life your future can be of your choosing.
If you seek out challenges, you will find them to be opportunities.
If you confront your fears, you will conquer them and gain confidence.
If you dare to dream, you will awake to a new reality.
But every time we think we’ve hit the capacity of our capability we can look up and remember that our capacity may be limitless and that we may be capable of anything. And the true measure of our character will be how high we rise for these moments.
Do what is hard and achieve what is great. This is a time for heroes, so reach for the stars.