As a boy, Daniel Seddiqui liked to stare at maps. Later, traveling with his college track team, Seddiqui said last week, “I would just stare out the window of the bus. If I grew up here, what kinds of friends would I have had? I was always a curious child.”
It was that curiosity, spiced with desperation, that led Seddiqui to a journey into the heart of America. Beginning in 2008, he traveled to 50 states in 50 weeks, and he had 50 jobs.
A book followed, and Seddiqui, 33, will appear at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Worthington Conference Center on the Lacey campus of Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The presentation is open to the public and admission is free.
Seddiqui took part in a phone interview last week from his home in Denver.
You don’t need money to make a dream a reality. What you do need is having confidence in yourself. Things will fall into place.
(Also,) people could not shut up. People like to talk about themselves. I’m not a very talkative person (so) I was grateful that they were. It broke a lot of awkwardness.
One interesting point, on Long Island, many people had never been to New York City. People in Arizona hadn’t been to the Grand Canyon. People lack curiosity.
I provide a career-exploration service for college students. I give them an opportunity to have five jobs in five weeks in five states. (It’s called “Living the Map.”) Opportunities come in all forms. One thing leads to another.
The journey doesn’t end.