I hope to inspire more enthusiasm among my brethren and more interest in what we do among the young people. Will you join me in this effort? (Photo: iStock)

As I write this, I am exactly three weeks away from my 40th birthday. Some readers may be jealous of my relatively young age, but to be completely honest, I’m struggling with it.

I started in this business when I was 17, and I have been saying for a long time that at some point, I will go to an industry function and no longer be among the youngest in the room. Well in almost 23 years, that hasn’t happened yet. I feel a responsibility to the future of our industry. I have two amazing and beautiful children, but I have failed miserably at exciting young people to join our ranks. Let’s face it: We all have.

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