It’s graduation time all over the country. Young people have neither won nor lost the game of life. Their game will be getting started the moment they graduate from high school. And even then, many will postpone ramifications from poor judgment for another four years. But just the same, recently I found myself sharing a number of ideas and suggestions with a group of high school seniors.
So, what did this old gut have to say to bunch of “yoots”?
- That their “win” column will be determined by the choices they make and the company they keep.
- That failing faster while failing smarter is still the quickest way to success.
- That having fun is acceptable, as long as you earn the right to laugh.
- That there is more than one road to success.
- That everything worthwhile began with a dream.
- That dreams transform into a goals… which enforce well-grounded beliefs… which result in confidence… which leads to success.
Last week, I became excited when I spotted clusters of teenagers seemingly “connecting” with my words. But I became less than enamored when I thought other young people were missing the point entirely.
With today’s “yoots”, I suppose a certain hit or miss ratio should be expected. But with you, and other adults, I am not so quick to forgive.
- Fact: You will sink or swim by the choices you make. Do your homework. Train your people. Target your prospects. Deliver the goods.
- Fact: Once you get out of your comfort zone you will learn and grow faster.
- Fact: Fun is a pre-requisite for a balanced life.
- Fact: Your strengths will get you where you want to go.
- Fact: Dreaming is a good thing. Acting on your dreams is a better thing.
- Fact: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” Yogi Berra said it. I endorse it.
- Fact: Have goals. Set priorities and take steps toward your goals daily.
- Fact: Developing a more confident you is “job one”. Self-Confidence is a must.
The largest difference between high school seniors and today’s business professionals is that today’s young people have more time to rebound from judgment errors. You and I must be more calculating.
Every decision counts. Every missed opportunity hurts. Determine what makes you different from today’s “yoots”—and then act accordingly.
P.S. For those of you have not had the pleasure of viewing the movie “My Cousin Vinny” starring Joe Peshe and Marissa Tomei, go see it!