10 Life and Career Tips For Your graduate
It can be bittersweet seeing that sweet, innocent little fuzzy head turn into a young-adult, but today is a day to truly celebrate your graduate. Your special young adult is just now embarking on the rest of his/her life. What better gift to give than true life advice. “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb
Here are 10 life and career tips I wish someone would have told (or explained) to me at my graduation.
Learn from your mistakes.
You are just now at the beginning of the rest of your life. Your choices from this point on can make or break you, BUT it doesn’t always define you. When you make a mistake, simply take what you can learn from it and move forward.
Curiosity is your best friend.
As the saying goes, “there is no such thing as a dumb question.” It’s true. Question as much as you are can to those who know things about what you desire to learn more about. Even if they laugh at you, you are still getting from them what you want: KNOWLEDGE!!!
Pick and choose your battles wisely.
The ego plays mind games on you. It will take things personally, manipulate a situation and make your relationships and circumstances way more difficult than they need to be. Learn to observe yourself more objectively by simply noticing your negative thoughts and emotions like anger, resentment, frustration, etc. When you notice things bubbling up, simply step back from the situation, and take time to cool down and reconnect to the good person you really are deep down inside. More than likely, if it won’t matter in a week, then you might as well just let it go!
When one door closes, another door opens.
Alexander G. Bell also added, “but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Let go of the past so that you can live in the present moment, notice any other doors that are open and take a step toward a better life, career, relationship, etc.
Change is inevitable, growth is optional.
You can either let life change you or you can change your life. Take ownership of your life by setting goals that are specific, measurable, action-based, realistic and time-bound. Each goal you set should align with your values in life but also challenge you a little bit. If you feel stagnant, then try something new by getting out of your comfort zone. With compassion, patience and perseverance, absolutely nothing is impossible and what is meant to be will be.
Prioritize your life.
Giving time and energy to things that do not serve you can be the least beneficial thing for you. Realize the things that are most important to you in your personal and professional life (family, work, friends, finances, responsibilities, play, etc.) and give it all you got. All of the other things will either keep on passing you by (as they should) or simply get in line and wait their turn.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Despite what we are taught, it is totally ok to ask for help from time to time. It is important to work hard to obtain your independence but along the way it is so critical for your success to have the right support system in place. Keep in mind your support system can be people, places and things. Repeat after me, “Hey can you help with…?”
Do what you love. Love what you do.
If money was no object, what would you do with your career? DO THAT! Your natural talents shine through without much effort at all. So let go of what others think you should be doing with your life and play into your gifts because everyday you “work,” you will do so with the utmost passion and zest.
It is not about the destination, but the journey.
How do you eat an elephant? ONE bite at a time. When anything in life begins to feel impossible, just remember that all BIG successes take SMALL steps to get there. Be patient with the process, work hard, never give up and enjoy the ride!
Quality over quantity.
Popularity does not always serve you in life. Some friends come and go like seasons, others stick around for a lifetime. Quality control your life and career by learning to hold onto those who will always stick by your side no matter what and let others go with a good song in your heart.
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey