Now that the “Occupy Initiative” is over college graduates may need some guidance as they move into the real world (not that college is not real, because life’s challenges are relative as we move through the stages life presents). What follows is some sound advice from successful people in business. . . and my thoughts on what they have to say. We’d love to hear what you think too.
Steve Jobs: Live Each Day as if it Was Your Last ~Stanford University, 2005
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
It’s a nice sentiment, but if people are trying to pay bills and raise a family without the means to get out, does this really apply?
Bill Gates: From Those to Whom Much is Given Much is Expected ~Harvard University, 2007
I agree. Obi Wan Kenobi said, “With great power comes great responsibility. If we are given power, money or any of the sought after resources of life, then we should be working to make the world a better place for others.
Oprah Winfrey: We All Need Makeovers from Time to Time~Duke University, 2009
“You know, we all need makeovers from time to time in our lives, and graduates, I know this, that if you can see the possibility of changing your life, of seeing what you can become and not just what you are, you will be a huge success.
I agree. . . dress for success.
Michael Dell: Never be the Smartest Person in the Room~University of Texas, 2003
In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community.
I guarantee, someone on your team will have an idea, process or leadership ability that the rest of the team wouldn’t have in a hundred years. Why would you want someone who always agrees with you? The world of business does not need more “yes-men” (. . . or “yes people”).
Michael Bloomberg: Don’t Stay Down Long ~Tufts University, 2007
If you ever get the chance read Dr. Suess, Oh the places you’ll go.
JK Rowling: Failure can be the Foundation of Success~Harvard University, 2008 (Note: No longer a billionaire)So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.
Very true. And when you are down and find you need some guidance on how to get back up, consider an Executive Coach, but make sure they have gotten their butts kicked a couple of times. Those are the people who know the way out.