Graduates, there is only one piece of advice that you need to hear, must hear, and must follow. It is this. Find the fire that burns within your soul and walk the path that leads to that fire! That is what will give you happiness and fulfillment for a lifetime. Don’t settle for a job; strive to build a life which is that fire for you!
What is this fire? I was once told, “If you would do this without being paid, this is what you should be doing.” There is no greater test.
Does that mean that you should go to college? No, but learning should always be a part of you, regardless of the form of that learning. Look at what you have loved in your life to this point. Some of you already know that you love medicine or sports or helping others. Whatever it is that you love to do, that which burns in your heart and soul is your fire. Find a career that gives you an outward expression of that fire, a love that fills you with happiness and satisfaction.
Are you feeling lost, confused, or uncertain at this point? Don’t panic or feel like you’re alone. More than half of high school graduates haven’t got a clue at this point. They just know that they want a good job or career so that they can make a living and raise a family. If you are in this group, there are many options. College is a great way to “find your fire.” One of those college classes could turn on that “light bulb” in your brain. “Hey, that’s it!” It happens just like that sometimes. If college is an option for you, it’s a good one. If college isn’t for you, for whatever reason, get a job, see if it turns you on! Find an internship or a mentor or a business school. Look everywhere. Talk to everyone. Research at the library for careers. So long as you are seeking, are open to the future, it can find you.
Find your fire! It will be whatever makes you happy, makes you look forward to the morning sunrise, and brings happiness into your life.
Remember, if you would do it for free, it’s what you should be doing!