Average Is Over: Thomas Friedman Inspires Sacramento Speakers Series Audience

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New York Times Columnist, Thomas Friedman spoke at the Community Center Theater on Tuesday, January 8th as part of the 2012-2013 Sacramento Speakers Series.

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New York Times Columnist, Thomas Friedman spoke at the Community Center Theater on Tuesday, January 8th as part of the 2012-2013 Sacramento Speakers Series. The lecture series presents the latest insights from some of today’s most influential figures. Great interest in Friedman’s appearance was reported as the series reports a sold out series. The series remains a subscription-based package and allows their patrons to enjoy unique evenings with speakers in an intimate setting.

Thomas Friedman emphasized that we, America, are not what we used to be and that “average…is over.” Friedman discussed the idea that Americans have slipped into a state of complacency and no longer strive for “that little extra,” which we were once known for. He also affirmed that Americans can no longer live by the words of Woody Allen stating “90% of life is just showing up.” Friedman focuses on a need to “think like an immigrant, think like an artisan, think like a waitress at Perkins Pancake House on Highway 100 in Minneapolis” in that nothing will be handed to us and that we must take pride in the work that we do.

Friedman concluded his talk with the idea that a person’s curiosity and passion quotient are more valuable than ones’ IQ in a hyper-connected world. People need to be passionate about what they do and strive to invent, re-invent and re-engineer their job while doing it. No longer, can you expect promotions and new positions based upon length of service, but rather you need to create the situation where you have to be promoted or offered positions. The audience walked away with a new look on their everyday lives. Many patrons are calling Friedman the “best speaker yet.”

Next up for the Sacramento Speakers Series will be education reform advocate, Michelle Rhee. She will speak on Tuesday, January 29th at the Community Center Theater.

The event will be held at the Community Center Theater in Downtown Sacramento at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29th. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

For more information about the Sacramento Speakers Series and the 2012-2013 Season visit them online at sacramentospeakers.com

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