10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You at Graduation
- Rule#1 - Find yourself a mentor(s) who you consider to be successful. Think about what great attributes they have and what stands them apart from the rest and what guidance they have to offer. Life is about the three D's; Discovery, Diligen...ce and Dedication! Discover a passion you feel strongly about, then be diligent to learn as much about that passion and be the best at it. Finally you must be dedicated to seeing successful all the way through. Their will be triumphs and setbacks, dedication is an unwavering energy that will not allow you to fall short vs commitments which can be broken. The goal is to minimize looking back 15yrs from now and say "I wish I had known this before". Mentor(s) are priceless..
- 'Good leadership sometimes means pissing people off.~ Colin Powell. As the fomer CJCS explains, 'good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decision...s. It's inevitable, if you're honorable. Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you'll avoid the tough decisions, you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted, and you'll avoid offering differential ewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset. Ironically, by procrastinating on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyone mad, and by treating everyone equally "nicely" regardless of their contributions, you'll simply ensure that the only people you'll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization.'
- Do not borrow money to go to college...work your way through. Do not expect to make a lot of money just because you went to college. You more than likely can make more money starting out by going to a vocational school and getting skills that you can actually use. Nobody owes you anything. Life is not fair. You only get out of life what you put into it. Nobody cares about your feelings or your future except for your parents.
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