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Lessons Learned from Hamilton: An American Musical

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  • 2017 College Interns
  • 2017 College Interns
  • On Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to step into "the room where it happens," and see Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway. I’ve seen many Broadway shows, but Hamilton was indescribable. I have never felt so many different emotions in one show, and I couldn’t get the giddy grin off of my face the entire time.

    While my mom and I were waiting in our seats for the show to start, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I was honestly a little more excited for my mom to see it, because she hadn’t listened to any of the music prior to going, and I was sure she wasn't going to like it. On the other hand, I knew pretty much every word to every song, and practically had to strap myself to my seat to stop myself from dancing and singing along.

    During the show, so many different things were running through my head. I began to think about how the Founding Fathers made a new nation out of nothing. Everyone has dreams for their future, but often times it is extremely difficult to get the process started to making those dreams a reality. Think about writing a paper, the introduction is always the hardest part. You dreams will never become reality if you sit in bed all day watching Netflix. You have to take the initiative to get up and get started, even if you fail a few times. No one is responsible for your actions other than yourself, and if you don’t hold yourself accountable, you will never accomplish your goals.

    I also learned how Alexander Hamilton’s mouth was constantly getting him in trouble, which is a life lesson we can all learn from. Thinking before you speak is one of the most important things a person can do while in a professional setting. Staying away from personal or controversial topics while speaking to a colleague is not only looking out for your best interest, but potentially reducing harm to someone else.  I’m sure there have been times where you’ve said something you shouldn’t have, and while it may not impact you in a negative way in your personal life, it will affect you in your professional life.

    Making something out of nothing, and learning what is and isn’t appropriate to say, can be challenging, but rewarding in the end. The CEO of any business didn’t get to where he/she is today by putting things off and running their mouth. No one’s ever said “I want to be just like that guy who sits in bed all day!”

    So, get up and start acting like the CEO inside of you. As George Washington said in the show; “History has its eyes on you.”