6 Tips for the Graduate

Jeff Herring

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Congratulations on doing all the things that got you the degree you now hold.

As you mark this passage in your life, I've got a guess or two about what you might be thinking and feeling.

All your life, you have heard the words “you've got so much potential" and “you can do anything you set you mind to, " along with “your whole life is ahead of you. "

The parents, teachers, relatives and friends who say these words to you mean them as encouragement.

But, I'm willing to bet that there are more than a few of you who have perceived those words as either pressure, with confusion or both.

You may have wondered how you fulfill all this potential and set your mind on something. Well, here are six tips on how to do just that. These tips can be summed up in the following six words: belief, responsibility, asking, action, vision and opportunity.

Belief Is it important to believe in yourself and your own God-given talents and abilities? As a wise friend used to say, “you betcha!" Success comes in CANS, not in CAN'TS. If we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them and fulfill them.

Life tip: Don't ask “can I do this?" Ask “in how many ways can I do this?"

Responsibility We live in a culture that teaches us to place the responsibility on every one and every thing but ourselves. If something good happens, it's luck. If something bad happens, it's someone else's fault. A significant part of responsibility is being able to think for our selves. If you don't learn to think for yourself, don't worry, there are endless numbers of people who will think for you.

Life tip: Take charge of your life. Think for yourself. Responsibility means being “able to respond. "

Asking Most of us ask really lousy questions. We start our day as we awaken with really good questions such as “Is it a work day or the weekend?" It's downhill from there. We don't ask for what we want, and then wonder why we don't have it. Practice asking. Pick up and read “The Aladdin Factor" by Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, authors of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.

Life tip: Practice asking, because you have to A-S-K to G-E-T.

ActionLife tip:Vision There is a proverb that says “without a vision, the people perish. " This also is true for relationships, companies and anything else worthwhile.

Life tip: Create a vision for what you want to accomplish. Make sure it is very clear. Keep it in front of you every day.

Opportunity Louis Pasteur said “Chance favors the prepared mind. " Building belief, responsibility, asking, action and vision into your mind set and heart set prepares you to take advantage of the opportunities that will come your way.

Life tip: The saying “opportunity knocks but once" is a lie. Opportunities occur each and every day. Pay attention.

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