They say youth is wasted on the young.
I would agree.
When we’re young we think we know it all, that life is simple and our success is guaranteed…
As I look into the wandering eyes of graduating seniors whose only thought is what design they’ll put on their graduation cap, I chuckle to myself. If only that were the most difficult decision they’ll be faced with in the coming months and years!
I just pray their high hopes and lofty aspirations are not dashed against the rocks of grad school rejection letters and not-so-tweet-worthy entry-level jobs.
I’ve been there.
My lofty dreams were to author books, but life led me on a long detour of learning experiences. When I first stepped onto a college campus I was prepared to make my mark, but I had no idea what the future had in store…
So, here I am, all these years later with novels yet unwritten, but I have a clearer focus. While I’ve managed a few accomplishments along the way, I could be closer to some of my personal goals if I had just realized a few things a little earlier in life. I wasted a lot of time worrying about what others thought and living my life according to unrealistic standards. Now that my perspective is different, I’d like to offer the young people who are gazing out the windows at their imminent futures 6 things I would tell my younger self if I could because
if I knew then, what I know now, I would have been unstoppable!
- Don’t let anyone discourage you from doing what you love—even if you have to do it as a side gig, keep doing it!
- Get used to hard work–it doesn’t end after final exams!
- Hone your networking skills—success is ALL about who you know
- Look for opportunities—paid or unpaid–in your field, or related to your field
- Don’t snub the small stuff–all experience is valuable. You have to start somewhere! The more you do, the more you’ll figure out what you want to do and what you’re good at. The more you experience the more you learn, which is what makes experience so valuable!
- Never stop learning. Don’t ever think that you will reach a point when you know “enough”. There’s always more to learn. Once you stop learning, you stop living.
And, I’m all about living life to the fullest. So, go be unstoppable!