Words of Advice for Graduates

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One of my favorite times of the year is commencement. I always enjoy seeing students walk across the stage to celebrate their achievement. When students get close to graduation, you can sense their energy, excitement, passion and purpose. For them, I have two small pieces of wisdom.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

I have learned that envisioning your success is so important. You need an inspiring and meaningful picture of what you want to accomplish. Your life is a work of art, so paint your picture. Once you see where you want to go, then you set goals to make your vision a reality. Focus, work hard, and have fun creating results. This advice applies to everyone – whether you’re a new student, soon to graduate, or a recent graduate – never stop making new goals for yourself.

Dreams really do come true, they just take time! I love to share this short video to demonstrate the wonder and excitement of commencement.

Pay It Forward

Give back by sharing your experience with others. Paying it forward allows others to learn and grow. When you pass on your knowledge and provide coaching, you encourage others to achieve their own goals.

I remember when Dr. Steve Perry gave the commencement address at Ashford University’s 2011 ceremony. He delivered a succinct and profound message: “Never overestimate your intelligence, never underestimate the intelligence of others, and finally, pay it forward and pass it on!” His words of wisdom summarize everything that matters in the greater scheme of things.

So keep going, keep your eyes on the prize, and pay it forward!

Written by Bill Davis, MA, CM

Bill Davis is an Instructor in the ForbesTM School of Business at Ashford University.

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