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One Spark Founder Gives Back to School Advice

11:07 AM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Since graduating from the University of North Florida Elton Rivas professional life has been as diverse as artists and creators at the One Spark Festival he helped create.

"I think my education has been critical for everything that I've been involved in and accomplished out of college," says Rivas. "I've been involved in probably dozens of startups since I graduated from college. Everything from a bed and breakfast for cats to dry wall companies to One Spark."

"I bounced around growing up. I was a Coast Guard kid so every 4 years we moved to another coastal city," Rivas said. He knows what it is like to be the new kid at school and credits that will helping him be able to adapt to change.

Rivas said, "I remember the first day of school for me was always really anxiety driven. It was something new. I didn't know what I was going to get into. Didn't know who the people were going to be as I was moving around to different things but always by the end of the first day I was always excited to go back to the next day and keep learning."

An entrepreneur at heart, Rivas started his first business at the young age of six.

"My first business was selling mangoes on the street corner with a buddy of mine names Mannie when I lived in Miami so that's always been part of who I am," says Rivas.

Taking what he's learned along the way and using it to spark the next big idea. As students get ready to start a new school year he offers this advice.

"I think advice for anybody who is going back to school or anything that is anxiety driven is look at the people next to you. They are doing the same thing you are. Everybody is in it together and at the end of the day you are going to make more friends than not and really everybody is there to support your education and you becoming a better person so enjoy it," said Rivas.

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