By Lorry Myers
Right now, I am certain that upcoming graduates are overloaded with podcasts and zoom rooms and virtual commencement speakers offering advice and motivation. So, I thought I might chime in too. I’m not Oprah, and never will be. I am not smart but I’m not stupid. I am not famous but I know who I am. I am not wealthy but I work hard for what I have. I am not well traveled but I have seen things. I’m not a polished speaker but I might have things to say that no one else will tell you.
So, listen up.
It stinks. It stinks that your school days were cut short and you missed out on prom and banquets and certainly a graduation. It stinks that you don’t get a commencement or a reputable commencement speaker and instead, you get me.
But the earth keeps turning and life keeps moving and you need to get over it. My words have nothing to do with a virus or a quarantine; but rather with other things that will impact your life and livelihood. So, pay attention.
1. On time means early. On time means ready to go at a given time. Everyone knows somebody that is always late; don’t be that person and if you are, stop it, it’s annoying.
2. Walk through the door like you walk through life. Seriously. When you enter a room, walk through the door like you want to be perceived or you just might walk out perceived as someone else.
3. Know your money, because after all, it is yours. Ask questions, use a calculator, keep track of it! Don’t be that person who is careless or clueless with credit because it is one thing that can limit the opportunities and squash your dreams.
4. Make new friends but keep the old. When you see your classmates five or ten years from now, they will not be the same people they were in 2020, and neither will you. Let whatever it is go; don’t carry your judgements into the future.
5. Invest in yourself. Develop a skill, earn an education, or find a trade. Everyone has something they are good at, discover what that is for you and nurture it. No one else can do this for you but you.
6. Everybody has a dream, a purpose or a plan. Go to sleep each night with that in mind and wake up knowing where you are going.