My goal in life is to become worthwhile enough to give a commencement speech at a high school graduation. Two of my favorite speeches were from Steve Jobs at Stanford, and Conan O’Brien at Dartmouth.
My Advice to Graduates
I think giving this speech is tough, because it is a very emotional day, and it is to sum up an entire lifetimes learning to move forward into an unknown journey.
Simply put, it should be the advice that sets the pace for the rest of your life.
My Commencement Speech
I do not remember a single commencement speech I was ever given. My entire thought process was as follows: “I wish he would sit down so I can leave…” “There is no way they can get those beach balls inflated without someone catching them…” “Converse all stars with your graduation robe… like no one would notice…” “He is still talking…” “Ohhh, here comes the beach ball…”
You can see I paid a lot of attention.
I am not sure how many new graduates will read this post, but here is my advice to graduates:
Stay In Shape
Your teachers lied… you will have a calculator every day. Here is the thing you won’t actually use all of that advance math everyday. You will however use P.E. every day. Or you will be a fat body. As you graduate you are headed into a world without physical fitness tests. Where that may sound exciting, it isn’t. You will get fatter as you get older if you don’t do something about it.
No one has ever asked about my grades
The Rich Dad Poor Dad series states that his Rich Dad said his financial statement was more important than his report cards. That is very true. No one has ever asked what kind of grades I made in school. (Spoiler Alert: They can tell when you open your mouth)
The Real World
The real world actually started at birth, not after graduation. We like to think that NOW we can get a real job, work our entire life, to retire a broken, and broke person. Seriously, if you are working a job that is your goal.
If you don’t believe me, go throw your cell phone in the garbage can, take a months vacation without telling anyone, then go back in a month. You will have been replaced. The company moved on, yet you probably convinced yourself that they would never be able to replace you. (Never lie to yourself)
Wake Up Early
Get out of bed early, then once your body is used to that, get up even earlier. I wake up at 4 AM EVERYDAY! Because that is when my day starts. I also go to bed early. Think of the logic here:
If I wake up early, I have someplace I have to be. So I can kill a little time working out, preparing my day, then working. When dinner time gets here, it is something light before bed. I eat less PLUS I am at home. Think about how much money is wasted after 8 PM.
There you have it, my 5 minute commencement speech. No time wasted good advice, and plenty of time to play with the beach ball while they hand out diplomas.
Thanks for reading,