cup one: Pat Crawford: Director of Bailey Scholars Program
Never be afraid to say hello.
cup two: Rita Meyer: State Auditor of Wyoming
Take life one step at a time, building on small success along the way.
cup three: August Crabtree: Avid reader and photographer
Don’t let assumptions stop you from great opportunities.
cup four: Laurie Lonsdorf: Creative Marketer and new resident of Lansing
Decide what you love and find a way to making money doing it.
cup five: David Murray: A man making Detroit a better place
Live in the moment, have no regrets, and work hard for the greater good.
cup six: Tom Crawford: Entrepreneur, speaker, traveler
We each have a career path that is uniquely ours—even if the destination is the same.
cup seven: Noshir Amaria: Medical student and friend to all Spartans
Don’t let obstacles and critics deter you from your path.
cup eight: Barbara Burnham: Mom, designer, and budding entrepreneur
Life rarely goes according to plan, just keep growing.
cup nine: Dr. William Ward: Consultant and Professor of Marketing and Advertising
Never underestimate the effect you can have on someone.
cup ten: Jenny Beorkrem: Designer and founder of Ork Inc.
Opportunities are only opportunities if you take advantage of them.
cup 11: Lisa Gnass: Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan
Create your own definition of success.
cup 12: Chad Badgero: Founder and Artistic Director of the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company
Never let good stop you from great.
cup 13: David Isbell: Alumni Career Services Coordinator for Michigan State University
You can choose humility or be humbled.
cup 14: Denise Busley: Co-Founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company
Instead of wallowing in the problem, look for a solution.
cup 15: Ruben Derderian: Corporate leader with 30+ years of executive-level business experience
The job you get is important, but it’s what you do once you get there that truly matters.
cup 16: Lou Anna K Simon: President of Michigan State University
Hard work is the currency that buys good fortune.
cup 17: Piotr Pasik: Graduate student with cerebral palsy that loves playing soccer and traveling
Your limitations only stop you if you let them.
cup 18: Vincent Foster: CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Main Street Capital Corporation
Surround yourself with good people.
cup 19: Stefan Olander: Vice President of Digital Sports at Nike
Don’t work so hard that you stop loving what you do.
cup 20: Sam Rosen: Founding partner at One Design Company
There is more than one way to approach life.
cup 21: Torya Blanchard: Owner of Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes
You only get one life—make the most of it.
cup 22: Abby Ward: First grader adopted from Lakota Sioux tribe
Education is the best remedy for ignorance.
cup 23: Barry Litwin: Vet school student, former stock broker and trapeze artist
Life aint always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.
cup 24: Angela Shetler: MSU Alumni teaching English in Japan
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
cup 25: Betsy Miner-Swartz: Communications specialist with Gift of Life Michigan
When life gets tough, take it one step at a time.
cup 26: Jim Little: Owner of H&H Mobile
It’s nice to have a place where everybody—or at least somebody—knows your name.
cup 27: Masaki Takahashi: Student at Michigan State
Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s better than carrying resentment around for a lifetime.
cup 28: Ellen C: First grade teacher in metro Detroit
People might not say thank you for your efforts, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t appreciative.
cup 29: Sue Carter: Professor, journalist, documentarian, adventurer
The world is waiting, go explore it!
cup 30: Mike McFall: President of Biggby Coffee
Embrace uncertainty; it keeps life interesting.
cup 31: Kenyatta Berry: Vice President of the Association for Professional Genealogists
It’s okay to strike out a few times; keep swinging.
cup 32: Wanda Herndon: Former Senior VP of Global Communications at Starbucks
Never underestimate the power of choice.
cup 33: Jonathan Zittrain: Harvard Law Professor
Don’t wait for opportunity, create opportunity.
cup 34: Mike Wardian: Record-holding Ultra-Marathoner
Figure out what your goals are so you know where to find the finish line.
cup 35: Stacy Bohrer: Young Chicago professional and survivor of sexual assault
Your past does not have to define your future.
cup 36: Tom Izzo: Head basketball coach for MSU
Decide what you value so you know what you’re willing to pay to get it.
cup 37: Peggy Brennan: Co-founder of Green Garage Detroit
Be a part of something bigger than yourself; make a difference.
cup 38: Seth Godin: Author, entrepreneur, thought leader
Fail more often.
cup 39: Colin Wright: World traveler, entrepreneur, writer
When you follow your passion the future stays exciting.
cup 40: Janina Pasik: Former member of the Warsaw Uprising in 1994
Be friendly to others, do good, help.
cup 41: Roman Kroke: Author and illustrator in Berlin
Find balance, it makes life more interesting.
cup 42: Mihaela Fabian: Wife of the Romanian Ambassador to the Netherlands
Raise the potential of others.
cup 43: Yasmina Boustani and Katharina Schmitt: Finalists for Future Lions Award at Cannes Creative Festival
It’s the extra step that creates the opportunity.
cup 44: Tony Stone: Co-founder of Stoats Porridge Bars in Scotland
It’s important to have a plan, but the real key is having the courage to start.
cup 45: Steve Wozniak: Co-founder of Apple Computer
Talent is overrated, it’s practice that’s important.
cup 46: Bo Fishback: Co-founder of Zaarly.
You have more potential than you think.
cup 47: Brittany Fox: Co-Founder at Thai Song Fair Trade
If you convince yourself something won’t work and never try—you might miss out on something incredible.
cup 48: Steve Schram: Director of Public Media at Michigan Radio
Moments of uncertainty are inevitable, but you don’t have to tackle them alone:
cup 49: Steve Googin: Farmer at Greyrock Farms
Most great ideas are crazy—until they work.
cup 50: Clark Bunting: President of Discovery Channel
The way you get from Point A (the start of a career) to Point B (the end) isn’t going to be a straight line. That’s okay.
cup 51: Elaine Rosenblatt: Psychotherapist and mother of my best friend
When life changes unexpected, grieve, grow and move forward.
Figure out what you love. Have the courage to do it. Do it well.