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Friday, May 18, 2012

Graduating from College

Being a board member of Allegany College of Maryland, I have the distinction of being the part of tomorrow's graduation ceremonies.  It is a wonderful accomplishment for the graduates as well as their professors and instructors.

I have been holding onto an article that I received a few weeks ago from my daughter.  The article was written by Charles Wheelan and was published in the Wall Street Journal on April 30th; it is entitled, "10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You."  Some of the 10 that are worth sharing are as follows:
2) Some of your worst days are ahead of you - you will face periods of self-doubt and failure, but work through them.
3) As you attempt to change the world, don't make things worse - do the right thing; you don't have to cure cancer but don't spread it either. 
6) Read obituaries - these are short biographies that demonstrate that successful people rarely lead linear lives. 
7) Your parents don't want what's best for you - they want what's good for you.  As parents we want what is safe and comfortable; sometimes you have to take risks. 
9) It's all borrowed time - don't take anything for granted; live life to the fullest. 
10) Don't try to be great - the less you think about being great the more likely it is to happen and being solid isn't bad.

Congratulations to all of the graduates tomorrow.  God speed.

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