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Peter Nicholson

Places Yet to Go
I’m still learning. Nineteen years ago, I attended my first sustainability-focused conference. Like the first day of school, considering “what might be” captured my imagination, and set my professional trajectory for the next two decades. Success has been elusive, however. We haven’t come close to realizing the scale of change we imagined back then. I have become better at discerning fundamental barriers, crafting more viable strategies, and understanding inherent complexities. I don’t necessarily feel successful either. I feel stimulated and slightly battered, like after an almost-too-rigorous massage. Leading edges can be lonely, exhausting and thankless, as much as invigorating and exciting. Constantly concerned with externalities, it’s easy to forget what inner game is required to thrive here. Connecting with a sense of joy, and following where it leads, is essential. This pursuit has little to do with how “success” is typically defined. I wish I could say this focus transcends more traditional achievement. It doesn’t, at least not for me. But it is a fundamental part of the equation leading me forward to whatever might come after graduation.