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March 13, 2014

Speaker gives financial advice to A&M-Commerce students

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni and professional speaker Joe Griffith recently visited the A&M-Commerce campus to talk to Dr. Mary Francis Miller’s Macroeconomics course about planning for the future and the importance of passion in one’s career field.

Griffith is a professional speaker, former economic radio show host, and author who graduated from A&M-Commerce before it became a part of the Texas A&M system.

Griffith said his aim is to inspire students to determine what they are passionate about and figure out how to gather the resources necessary to turn it into a career and make a living out of doing what they love.

Griffith said he was able to use the skills he learned in college and apply their practical uses for his career.

 Griffith cites himself as an example, having become a professional speaker only after years of working in business and receiving a degree in business from the university.

“People have asked me how did you get into the speaking business, and I tell them, you left out the most important word. It’s a business,” Griffith said. “My business experience and what I learned here helped me understand that no matter what you do, everything is run as a business.”

Griffith discussed a number of traits regarding what it takes to be a millionaire, such as perseverance, intelligence, and organization, as well as offering advice such as putting money aside whenever you receive some sort of income.

He also stressed the importance of knowing what you want to pursue.

“If you find something that you love to do, it is not your job, it is your passion,” Griffith said.

“You need to find out who you are, and if you don’t find out who you’re gonna make a lot of mistakes.”

Griffith’s appearance was set up by A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams, who invited him to speak in order to “reach out to older students and get them involved again.”

Griffith spoke positively of his time revisiting the campus and hopes that his appearance has inspired people to take action and seize their future.

“Plan your life,” Griffith said. “If you don’t know where you are going in life, you are not going to get there.”

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