Another school year comes to a close today. For the class of 2012, I wanted to share my sincere congratulations and a few hopes for you.
First – the congratulations. You have worked hard for several years to complete a difficult course of work. You and your loved ones should heartily celebrate a job well done and degree earned with a lot of hard work and long days/nights.
Second – Thank you! I always feel privileged to get to work with smart, energetic young professionals early in their career. Your energy and enthusiasm continues to inspire me. I also want to thank you for your sustained efforts over the last year and a half. Your work has helped your clients be more successful, build the school’s reputation and build your skill set. It means a lot to them, but in particular to me.
Now, my hopes & wishes for you:
Be curious – Don’t stop exploring. You won’t find your passion sitting on the couch.
Be courageous – Refuse to “settle”. Stretch yourself with challenges beyond what you think you can do. Regrets are terrible and some of the biggest start with “I always wished I had…”
Take the long view – Things play out over time. Don’t get too hung up on keeping score on short intervals.
Keep learning – When you stop learning, you stop growing.
Be flexible – Change is constant. Don’t fight it, be it.
Be true to yourself – Do what you think is right and live with the consequences. Don’t let others dictate the terms of your existence.
Work hard, but have fun – Life is too short to be miserable, so have fun. By the same token, few things worth doing are easy, so don’t be afraid to roll your sleeves up and work hard.
Build strong relationships – As one of my favorite country music songs says “it’s a long trip alone”. You’ll live longer and be happier if you do.
Be useful – I think you’ll be surprised at how many things work out for you when you focus on helping others first.
I wish all of you the best as you move on to bright futures. Please stay in touch and let me know what I can do for you. It’s been a pleasure working with you.