Congratulations on graduating from high school. I still remember when you came home for the first time in ‘94; I was really astounded to know that I could love something so precious and small. Watching you grow up these years has put a small dent in my heart because you’re no longer the “chunky butt” who would nag me to spend time with you. You’re a grow man that will be starting his own family one day. As you move on with your life, I offer you (which are listed below) some very simple “life guidance” advice that will help you be successful during the rest of your life.
- There is a lesson for you to learn in every failure. Find it, learn from it, and move on. *God will always provide all you need and more to accomplish what He has planned for your life. Develop a lifelong habit of praying to God or whomever you call upon as a higher guide.*
- No matter what situation you find yourself in: good, bad, horrible or wonderful; God is in control.
- Never criticize or complain about people, your employer/school, etc. It will almost always come back to haunt you. *Never succumb to bitterness due to betrayal from friends, associates, or enemies. You must learn to forgive, let go, and move forward.*
- Compliment people sincerely & realistically as a gentleman.
- Smile. A smile can change the attitude of yourself and those around you.
- Names. Always remember the names of the people you meet regardless of the setting. You will able to connect socially and get more accomplished in your life just by being able to call people by their name.
- Firm handshake and eye contact whenever you meet someone for the first time.
- Listen! Always listen to people. Find out what their point of view is then engage in that point of view. Ask questions about things they are talking to you about. Business is business.
- Follow your passions as you create your own career paths. It will keep you sane. I promise.
- Life is short. Make every day your best day.
Good luck in all your future endeavors. I believe with time, you will find what you love and desire in life. Trust me, I have worked in every industry. Now settling in my big girl career, just remember that anything is possible. I am always one call, text, or email away for you. Even if you need to get away for the weekend in Austin, I’m here. I love you.
“Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.”-John Henrik Clarke
- High school graduations bring out the best … and worst (star-telegram.com)