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12 Guidelines for Grads

This isn’t a list about how to get a job or keep one, nor is it about starting a business and making money. It’s a list that would’ve been useful for me to ponder at the age when school officially ended and adulthood unofficially began. Maybe this list can help those looking for a little guidance as they start out in this big, crazy world:

  1. The only person you should ever try to impress is yourself.
  2. You are the one who creates meaning in your life.
  3. Be considerate of others, but do not aim to please them (unless, of course, you plan to be in the hospitality industry).
  4. Cultivate self-awareness. It’s a crucial form of intelligence.
  5. Time + Focus + Effort = Results
  6. Ambition is good, but if you work without enjoying the process and/or not knowing why you do what you do, you will implode.
  7. The cycle of hard work and adequate rest makes you more capable.
  8. Life is a continuous cycle of tension and resolution.
  9. You are an architect of your environment. Be wise about what you create.
  10. Whether you move fast or slow, move consciously.
  11. Aim for flow, not perfection. What looks like perfection stems from flow.
  12. Don’t expect to be happy all the time. Instead, seek to improve yourself so that you can be useful in the world.

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