Life has many lessons to teach us, some more painful than others – and some we’d just as soon be spared. But as graduates everywhere look ahead to the next chapter in their lives, it seems a good time to reflect on some lessons learned along the way.
It’s handy to know at least a little about sports and the weather.
Paying the minimum due on your credit cards is dumb.
Be willing to take all the blame – and to share the credit.
Know that there actually are stupid questions. Try not to be the one asking them.
Shun those who are cruel to others – and don’t laugh at their “jokes” – sooner or later, you’ll be a target.
Never say you’ll never.
“Bad” people eventually get what’s coming to them, though you may not be around to see it.
Always sleep on big decisions.
When it seems too good to be true, it’s generally not good nor true.
Never let your schooling stand in the way of your education.
Sometimes the grass on the other side looks greener because of the amount of fertilizer applied.
Never email in anger – or frustration. And be extra careful when using the “Reply All” button.
If your current boss doesn’t want to hear the truth, it may be time to look for a new one.
Never miss a chance to say “thank you.”
Hug your parents – often.
If you wouldn’t want your mother to learn about it, don’t do it.
Bad news generally doesn’t age well.
There can be a “bad” time even for good ideas.
Your work attitude often affects your career altitude.
Comments that begin “with all due respect” generally aren’t.
Sometimes the questions are complicated, but the answer isn’t.
Remember as well that that 401(k) match isn’t really “free” money – but it won’t cost you a thing.
And don’t forget that you’ll want to plan for your future now – because retirement, like graduation, seems a long way off – until it isn’t.
Congratulations to all the graduates out there. We’re proud of you!