10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You at Graduation

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  1. Network as much as you can. Get work experience or internships in the field while in college. Do something that your peers don't. Bring value to the employer and be prepared to work hard if you want to make it anywhere from an entry level position.
  2. Get busy -- find work as quickly as you can, ideally in your field of interest. Even if it's low on the ladder, the only way to move up the ladder is to gain experience.
  3. 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..
  4. Don't be a snob. Accept that entry level position, continue to live cheap, rice and beans, drive an old paid for car, cheap rent, work smart and hard, pay off your debts, and play nice and make your boss look like a hero. You are owed nothing, earn it.
  5. Do what you love and you will love what you become.
  6. Network as much as you can. Get work experience or internships in the field while in college. Do something that your peers don't. Bring value to the employer and be prepared to work hard if you want to make it anywhere from an entry level position.
  7. ‎'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.'
  8. Network, network,network.
  9. 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.
  10. Work on your people skills; techical skills are what will get you hired; soft skills are what will keep you employed.
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