This week we got the chance to catch up with all-star team leader, Hayden. He shared his experience facing failure, ditching turkeys, must read book titles to stay motivated and more!
“Go out of your comfort zone as much as you can and take advantage of opportunity when it comes even if it scares you.”
Hayden Spitz is not your average freshman in college. When he’s not busy as a full time student at University of New Hampshire, he’s volunteering, reading books like “Richest Man in Babylon”, singing in his acapella group, brainstorming new business ideas, and making time to call every member of his family every single week.
If that wasn’t enough he even scheduled time for a phone interview with us on his birthday! Thank you Hayden! Can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year!
Here are some applicable takeaways from our conversation:
- “If you’re in college, be sure your goals are up in your dorm. Even though you’re sharing a room with one or more roommates, it’s the most important element of your room decor, no matter what other people think when they see it.”
- “After I attended Eagle U I realized I needed to focus more on my relationships. They are the most important and rewarding element of my life. I make a point to spend quality time with the people I cherish most and call my parents, and grandparents at least once per week. It’s just so important to check in & you can’t take it for granted.”
- “For me, negative energy is enough to warrant someone as a turkey that I don’t have time for. There are way too many awesome people worth spending time with. That’s why I join so many clubs, and extracurricular activities. I don’t leave myself any time for turkeys.”
- “A book you should DEFINITELY read is The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. I’ve read it three times now and no other book has resonated so much with me about true success in life. I think it’s valuable for all ages.”
- “As an S, and for other S’s out there, we care a lot about other people’s opinion. I’ve realized that it’s not about validation, it’s just an awareness because I care. It’s important to be able to distinguish that as an adult.”
- “My biggest challenge is time management because I’m involved in so many things. Every night I go over my schedule and adapt it as needed. I try to keep in mind that it’s also important for me to enjoy and relax each day too.”
- “I’ve definitely failed and I think that’s part of life. All I can say is if you’re not prepared, you’re going to miss the opportunity. I think that’s why Eagle U is so important.”
- “My advice for high schoolers about college, be sure to do/major in what YOU are passionate about and enjoy. Not what your teachers think, or parents wish for necessarily. Surround yourself with like-minded people and make decisions carefully. There’s no such thing as throw away years! The extra stuff you’re doing will be worth it.”