Advice for the Graduate

Last Updated on May 25, 2021 by Ellen Christian

This year is a year of huge changes in my life and the lives of my children. As parents, we think we’re used to changes. We’ve gone through the first tooth, first word, first step and many other “firsts” in our children’s lives. If you thought that watching your child get on the school bus for the first time was hard, get ready for harder. This post has been sponsored.

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Advice for the graduate

Advice for the Graduate

This year, my seventeen year old son graduates from high school. My twenty two year old daughter graduates from college. Both will begin their adult lives and those lives will have a little bit less of me each year. As they prepare to graduate and move on, I want to share some advice for the graduate that I’ve learned throughout my life.

  • Do what you love. I don’t care if your passion is gardening or fashion design. Follow your heart and pursue a job that will make you happy. Life is too short to spend the next 40 years doing something you don’t like because it pays well.
  • Give it your all. You may not love your first job or your third. It may be a stepping stone to the job of your dreams. Whatever you do, give it 100% of your effort. Be known as the person who goes just a little bit further than expected each time. Hard work pays off.
  • Be yourself. Whatever choices you make in your life or your job, be true to who you are. No one worth being with and nothing worth having is worth sacrificing who you really are.
  • Live below your means. Learn to live on less than what you make. Jobs change. The economy changes. Spending every penny you earn each month can be a dangerous practice. Save what you don’t need. There are no financial guarantees.
  • Learn to take care of yourself.  While many people may dream of having a maid, gardener and personal shopper, most people need to do these things for themselves. Learn the basics so you don’t need to hire someone else to do them for you. Learn to change a tire, cook from scratch and sew on a button.
  • Not everything is fun. One of the best pieces of advice my father ever gave me was “If it was fun, they wouldn’t have to pay people to do it.” Not everything in life is fun but you still have to do it.

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Advice for the Graduate

10 thoughts on “Advice for the Graduate”

  1. These are all great points for a graduate, and all of them will carry them through the rest of their lives. Not everything is fun. THAT'S an important one. 
  2. One of the things I see most Graduates struggling with is "living below your means". They think it's time for life to start and they want to live the big life. They don't realize that it takes a lot of time to build up to where their parents are. They can't just jump into life with all the luxuries the parents have. And it really hurts them if they can't live below their means. 
  3. I agree with the 'not everything is fun' comment.  Start kids off early on learning that some things need to get done whether you want to do them or not. 
  4. Being true to yourself would be my biggest piece of advice for any graduate. This is a great list of advice!

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