No single person is more responsible for the great partnership we have with FAIRWINDS Credit Union than Garry Capton. Garry is the reason FAIRWINDS sponsors The EXCHANGE. He is a huge champion of the culture of engagement we have here in the College, the importance of financial literacy and the need for students to put their knowledge into action.
So, I was pleased when he finally agreed to appear at The EXCHANGE as our featured speaker. Garry has a job few students even know exists. He is Vice President for Community Relations and President of FAIRWINDS Foundation where he invests in a wide array of projects. I knew Garry would have an interesting perspective to share with students on how to prepare for life after college, especially here in Central Florida. But he is also a very humble and unassuming guy. He would much rather work quietly behind the scenes than be seen as the front-person on any project. To get him to The EXCHANGE, I had to agree to interview him. It was as far out of his comfort zone as I thought he was willing to get.
His talk on Friday didn’t disappoint. In fact, he surprised me a little with his last piece of advice for students. In a moment when I knew Garry was outside his comfort zone, he said: “Volunteer because it gets you out of your comfort zone, leads you to interact with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet and makes you grateful for what you have in life.” I must confess I hadn’t thought of volunteering as an exercise in getting out of your comfort zone or getting to know people who are different from you — both things we preach regularly in the College. But Garry is spot-on here, and he identifies a rather easy way to practice these skills, because people are always looking for volunteers to help do good work. Finding gratitude in the process doesn’t hurt either, although I wonder if it, too, is usually found only outside your comfort zone… hmm…
Thanks Garry. Good stuff.