I was recently asked by a reader to give advice to new University graduates who are soon to be -slash- already making the leap into the “real world.”
Tons of advice I give myself immediately boiled to the surface:
- Practice the art of laundry. That perfectly fitted tee doesn’t fit perfectly one size smaller.
- Ingest and expend good energy. That includes vegetables, quinoa, sweaty workouts, and positivity.
- Ditch the handshake. Hugs and high fives create real connections.
- Set a vision and goals. Give yourself the gift of direction.
- Say yes to at least one thing you’re tempted to say no to a week.
And most of all:
Pay attention to who you listen to.
Instead, remember that many people in the world (ourselves included) that will come up with reasons why it won’t work, how it’s not good enough, or why we’re not ready. They remind us that the road ahead is filled with challenges, most at which we’ll fail at. They didn’t succeed, so neither will we.
And then there are a few that come up with the reasons why it could work, how it’s exactly what is needed, and reminds us that we’re ready, now. These people help us prepare for the challenges ahead rather than using fear as a deterrent to starting the journey. If they didn’t succeed, they share with us what they’ve learned so maybe we can.
Find and listen to those people that build you up.
It’s especially powerful if one of them is yourself.
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