Today’s guest was Junior Jabbe,
the President of Banneker Industries located in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Today’s host was Christian Hernandez.
Junior told our students
“pushing out of your comfort zone,
while creating some initial anxiety, can create great opportunity. I never played football until my freshman year in high school. I was absolutely terrible as a high school freshman. But I worked hard and eventually became a starter and team captain which ultimately got me a Division 1 college scholarship. I had never been on an airplane and never been to Rhode Island before going to Bryant University. But, I pushed myself. I continually pushed myself in college. I attended a graduate student class when I was still an undergraduate which ultimately got me internship which led to a job at Banneker Industries which eventually enabled me to buy the company. If I have any advice for you is push out of your comfort zone, meet new people, network with those who are different than you, try to get an internship, visit places away from Providence, always work extremely hard, persevere through adversity, and you too can create opportunities for success which can change your life. Get involved in extracurricular activities whether they are sports, arts, church, or a job, work harder in school, consider and visit schools away from Providence,
create and protect your personal brand, network constantly, and find trusted mentors
to guide you in life; these are key ingredients for lifetime success.”