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Class of 2012,
I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits of wisdom to 22-year-olds—which was quite a feat given that I was 23 at the time. In the decades since, I've spent most of my career teaching economics and public policy. In particular, I've studied happiness and well-being, about which we now know a great deal. And I've found that the saccharine and over-optimistic words of the typical commencement address hold few of the lessons young people really need to hear about what lies ahead. Here, then, is what I wish someone had told the Class of 1988:
"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb
Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
Your life will be run by your credit score.
If you don't have a good credit score you will not be allowed to get into an apartment or buy a new car.
8. Don't model your life after a circus animal.
...If you leave a work task undone in order to meet a friend for dinner, then you are "shirking" your work. But it's also true that if you cancel dinner to finish your work, then you are shirking your friendship
4. Marry someone smarter than you are.
Originally posted by wildtimes
The circus-animal one is to discuss BALANCE...that work is not the be-all and end-all of life. Burn-out is all too common, and people need to realize that they can't do EVERYTHING perfectly.
Every day I check in on ATS, into this forum and others, and I see negativity, ignorance, divisive attacks, blame, denial, fingerpointing and doom and gloom. Not often are there uplifting messages, nor complementary items toward those young adults in whose hands our future now lies.
List is a little hard for me to relate to based on my youth. Though I can agree for the most part
I suspect there are more members in this site than you may be aware of that have tried to put out a message of positivity and praise today's youth. I, just a few days ago, created a thread dedicated to the praise, support, and appeal of help for some youth. It died a quick death, and languishes in the ether ignored.
Also it means think outside the "gerbil in the wheel" routine and also it is not all about the "rat race". Moreover, be creative and don't let others keep telling you what to do because if you don't set your own goals, someone you work for will (just like the trainer of the circus animal).
I think you may have missed the author's point.
The circus-animal one is to discuss BALANCE...that work is not the be-all and end-all of life. Burn-out is all too common, and people need to realize that they can't do EVERYTHING perfectly
I would add to the point, though: if you are going to have children, raise them yourself
And as for the marriage advice...
the point is that if you have two people team up who are both capable of succeeding in their chosen professions