Teaches emotional intelligence?
Jason Bridges '98
A terrifying car accident that fractured his skull in five places, caused his brain to hemmorhage, and left lasting brain damage changed Jason Bridges’ life forever. He had lost a lot of his IQ. But he found EQ, or “emotional intelligence,” a set of skills that includes control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy, and social competence in interpersonal relationships. “These are the things that really matter in life. Nobody ever says, ‘Man, if only you had a higher GPA then we could be friends.’ You want trust, honesty, gratitude.” He continued to develop this practice throughout his 20s, and later, when he and his wife decided to open Nantucket Bike Tours, he found a place to teach it. What started as a summer internship giving tours of Nantucket turned into a place where Wabash students were developing interpersonal and leadership skills. The business’s mantra of “Be Interested, Not Interesting” (BINI) has given Nantucket Bike Tours a chance to leave a lasting impression on its interns as well as its customers. “We teach the value of taking the focus away from yourself and toward others. It’s about asking questions, but it has to be genuine and sincere. All of this builds up to becoming a community leader.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.