The Original 52
52 Cups of Coffee began as a passion project my senior year of college—a personal experiment in caffeine and conversation.
The premise was simple: each week for a year I would have coffee with a stranger and write about what I learned in the process. I called it an experiment because I knew the project would inevitably change my life, I just didn’t know how.
I certainly didn’t expect the project would lead me on an international adventure spanning seven countries, twelve states and 29 cities—plus four virtual meetings via Skcolinype (pink dots):
- Cup one: Pat Crawford: Director of Bailey Scholars Program
Never be afraid to say hello.
- Cup two: Rita Meyer: State Auditor of Wyoming
Take life one step at a time, building on small success along the way.
- Cup three: August Crabtree: Avid reader and photographer
Don’t let assumptions stop you from great opportunities.
- Cup four: Laurie Lonsdorf: Creative Marketer and new resident of Lansing
Decide what you love and find a way to making money doing it.
- Cup five: David Murray: A man making Detroit a better place
Live in the moment, have no regrets, and work hard for the greater good.
- Cup six: Tom Crawford: Entrepreneur, speaker, traveler
We each have a career path that is uniquely ours—even if the destination is the same.
- Cup seven: Noshir Amaria: Medical student and friend to all Spartans
Don’t let obstacles and critics deter you from your path.
- Cup eight: Barbara Burnham: Mom, designer, and budding entrepreneur
Life rarely goes according to plan, just keep growing.
- Cup nine: Dr. William Ward: Consultant and Professor of Marketing and Advertising
Never underestimate the effect you can have on someone.
- Cup ten: Jenny Beorkrem: Designer and founder of Ork Inc.
Opportunities are only opportunities if you take advantage of them.
- Cup 11: Lisa Gnass: Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan
Create your own definition of success.
- Cup 12: Chad Badgero: Founder and Artistic Director of the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company
Never let good stop you from great.
- Cup 13: David Isbell: Alumni Career Services Coordinator for Michigan State University
You can choose humility or be humbled.
- Cup 14: Denise Busley: Co-Founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company
Instead of wallowing in the problem, look for a solution.
- Cup 15: Ruben Derderian: Corporate leader with 30+ years of executive-level business experience
The job you get is important, but it’s what you do once you get there that truly matters.
- Cup 16: Lou Anna K Simon: President of Michigan State University
Hard work is the currency that buys good fortune.
- Cup 17: Piotr Pasik: Graduate student with cerebral palsy that loves playing soccer and traveling
Your limitations only stop you if you let them.
- Cup 18: Vincent Foster: CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Main Street Capital Corporation
Surround yourself with good people.
- Cup 19: Stefan Olander: Vice President of Digital Sports at Nike
Don’t work so hard that you stop loving what you do.
- Cup 20: Sam Rosen: Founding partner at One Design Company
There is more than one way to approach life.
- Cup 21: Torya Blanchard: Owner of Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes
You only get one life—make the most of it.
- Cup 22: Abby Ward: First grader adopted from Lakota Sioux tribe
Education is the best remedy for ignorance.
- Cup 23: Barry Litwin: Vet school student, former stock broker and trapeze artist
Life aint always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.
- Cup 24: Angela Shetler: MSU Alumni teaching English in Japan
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
- Cup 25: Betsy Miner-Swartz: Communications specialist with Gift of Life Michigan
When life gets tough, take it one step at a time.
- Cup 26: Jim Little: Owner of H&H Mobile
It’s nice to have a place where everybody—or at least somebody—knows your name.
- Cup 27: Masaki Takahashi: Student at Michigan State
Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s better than carrying resentment around for a lifetime.
- Cup 28: Ellen C: First grade teacher in metro Detroit
People might not say thank you for your efforts, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t appreciative.
- Cup 29: Sue Carter: Professor, journalist, documentarian, adventurer
The world is waiting, go explore it!
- Cup 30: Mike McFall: President of Biggby Coffee
Embrace uncertainty; it keeps life interesting.
- Cup 31: Kenyatta Berry: Vice President of the Association for Professional Genealogists
It’s okay to strike out a few times; keep swinging.
- Cup 32: Wanda Herndon: Former Senior VP of Global Communications at Starbucks
Never underestimate the power of choice.
- Cup 33: Jonathan Zittrain: Harvard Law Professor
Don’t wait for opportunity, create opportunity.
- Cup 34: Mike Wardian: Record-holding Ultra-Marathoner
Figure out what your goals are so you know where to find the finish line.
- Cup 35: Stacy Bohrer: Young Chicago professional and survivor of sexual assault
Your past does not have to define your future.
- Cup 36: Tom Izzo: Head basketball coach for MSU
Decide what you value so you know what you’re willing to pay to get it.
- Cup 37: Peggy Brennan: Co-founder of Green Garage Detroit
Be a part of something bigger than yourself; make a difference.
- Cup 38: Seth Godin: Author, entrepreneur, thought leader
Fail more often.
- Cup 39: Colin Wright: World traveler, entrepreneur, writer
When you follow your passion the future stays exciting.
- Cup 40: Janina Pasik: Former member of the Warsaw Uprising in 1994
Be friendly to others, do good, help.
- Cup 41: Roman Kroke: Author and illustrator in Berlin
Find balance, it makes life more interesting.
- Cup 42: Mihaela Fabian: Wife of the Romanian Ambassador to the Netherlands
Raise the potential of others.
- Cup 43: Yasmina Boustani and Katharina Schmitt: Finalists for Future Lions Award at Cannes Creative Festival
It’s the extra step that creates the opportunity.
- Cup 44: Tony Stone: Co-founder of Stoats Porridge Bars in Scotland
It’s important to have a plan, but the real key is having the courage to start.
- Cup 45: Steve Wozniak: Co-founder of Apple Computer
Talent is overrated, it’s practice that’s important.
- Cup 46: Bo Fishback: Co-founder of Zaarly.
You have more potential than you think.
- Cup 47: Brittany Fox: Co-Founder at Thai Song Fair Trade
If you convince yourself something won’t work and never try—you might miss out on something incredible.
- Cup 48: Steve Schram: Director of Public Media at Michigan Radio
Moments of uncertainty are inevitable, but you don’t have to tackle them alone.
- Cup 49: Steve Googin: Farmer at Greyrock Farms
Most great ideas are crazy—until they work.
- Cup 50: Clark Bunting: President of Discovery Channel
The way you get from Point A (the start of a career) to Point B (the end) isn’t going to be a straight line. That’s okay.
- Cup 51: Elaine Rosenblatt: Psychotherapist and mother of my best friend
When life changes unexpected, grieve, grow and move forward.
Figure out what you love. Have the courage to do it. Do it well.Comments powered by Disqus