It’s May, which means Commencement Season is upon us. In fact, first lady Michelle Obama and actor Denzel Washington have already delivered some pretty stellar speeches at Tuskegee and Dillard universities, respectively. Heck, even Kanye’s gotten in on the cap-and-gown fun.
As I’ve sat through my fair share of speeches (most notably when my college commencement speaker 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl dropped the “p-word” … yes, that one), I’ve often wondered what words of wisdom I’d share with graduates. Because, let’s face it, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life.
But there are some lessons I’ve learned along the way that I’d be happy to share if anyone cares to listen, so here goes…
1. Find your purpose and follow your passion. More often than not, the two are intertwined. Please reference the Venn diagram below for further explanation:
2. Define success on your own terms. Sure, a six-figure salary is pretty boss. But if you wake up every day hating your job, hating your life and, as a result, hating the world, then that doesn’t seem pretty successful to me. I think the late Maya Angelou said it best: