True confession here. I’ve been crying a bit lately, and that’s not typical for me. This has been an interesting season. While I have been absorbed in all the things I do to make a living, an emotional nerve has been hit.

I see that many friends and industry colleagues have been taking their kids to college. This represents a change in life for kids and parents. I’m guessing many are also feeling emotional about leaving the son’s and daughter’s they have raised to become adults on college campuses.

It started to hit me when moving my son into his dorm. I took a detour when I went to take trash to the dumpster. Walking around his relatively small campus, what was happening really hit me.

The little guy we raised has grown up. My wife and I are very blessed to see the man he has become.

This campus has a few rocking chairs with the inscription DREAM BIG on them. As I sat in one of those chairs, my ADD mind wandered in different directions. Through some tears, I reflected on dreaming big. Dreaming big is not just for young adults who are starting their college journey. It’s also applicable to old people like me who want to dream big and make their lives count for something.

I took note of this schools DREAM BIG theme when we visited the college before. The DREAM BIG chairs are still prominent on the campus, but now, they have a new slogan; DREAM BOLD.

DREAM BIG and DREAM BOLD are similar, but different. During this time of reflection, I did a word search to explore the differences.  Here are a few definitions:

BIG: adjective, bigger, biggest.

1. large, as in size, height, width, or amount:
    a big house; a big quantity.

2. of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like:
    a big problem.

3. outstanding for a specified quality:
    a big liar; a big success.

4. important, as in influence, standing, or wealth:
    a big man in his field.

5. grown-up; mature:
    big enough to know better.

6. doing business or conducted on a large scale; major in size or importance:
    big government.

BOLD: adjective, bolder, boldest.

1. not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff;
    courageous and daring:    
    a bold hero.

2. not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent:
    He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.

3. necessitating courage and daring; challenging:
    a bold adventure.

4. beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative:
    Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.

5. striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy:
    a bold pattern.

6. nautical. deep enough to be navigable close to the shore:
    bold waters.

Jumping out at me from the BOLD definitions are: not hesitating to break the rules of proprietynecessitating courage and daring; challengingbeyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative

When FreePromoTips was created back in 2005 to help others, as I was helped in the industry, there was nothing quite like it. What we do with this PPAI award-winning program and the other things we do are not conventional.

Seeing the explosion of online video, we created YourPromotionSolution.com, a video resource website offering short, end-user safe videos from a few forward-thinking suppliers who want to help distributors sell their products. 

Our wellness initiative, SuccessFit4Life! was birthed from my own personal journey. With the encouragement of an amazing group of people, as an old, formally fatter guy with a fused ankle, I started to get active. My life has changed. SuccessFit4Life! is about encouraging people on their wellness journey…wherever they want to go. Distributors and Suppliers now have the opportunity to benefit from this turkey program that is a perfect fit for the hot health and wellness market. 

If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from our programs, feel free to contact us

The words BIG and BOLD work well in the entrepreneurial world. It comes naturally for me to focus on making a difference in my community, my industry, and my personal life. Sitting in a DREAM BIG rocking chair at Life Pacific College I reflected on the dreams I have for my son, but I was also reflecting on the dreams I have.

We all have Big Dreams for our kids and we should all have Big Dreams for our lives. Wherever we are in life, I believe everyone has the opportunity to DREAM BIG and DREAM BOLD. 

© 2016 Jeff Solomon, MAS


I understand

Jeff, this story hit me hard. I completely relate to it have been through it myself. I agree. We ALL should dream big and dream bold.


This is another great piece. I appreciate all you do. The your promotion solution site with videos is very cool. Our industry should do more to dream big and bold.

Thank you

Great commentary which took me back to the day we moved our son into the dorm 750 miles from home. When we left I cried almost all the way back home. Our son had big dreams and we supported them by his out of state college choice. So glad we did! He was introduced to new people, new ideas, new thoughts, new dreams . . big dreams! And those dreams are now turning into bold dreams. Thanks for the romp down memory lane.

Yep and Yep

Thanks for sharing, I cried a lot when my son was going to head out of state (this fall) - then after buying his dorm room stuff and getting everything ready we discovered at the last hour many of his credits he had earned at CC running start program would not be accepted at the very high priced private University - so he decided to attend local extension college U of W and is living at home this fall. His dream is to complete his degree in 3 years and get on with his career now he can accomplish it for 1/2 the price while staying local. Best

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