Welcome to the new game; the game of life. The only real change in the game is that now you are in charge and are responsible for yourself. Until now you have been required to go to school by law and your parents. From now on, it will be your choice. You will still have support from your parents, schools, and the community, but ultimately you have to man up and take responsibility for what you do and how you purse your dreams.
- You have choices: You can go to a university for a degree, a community college for job training, the military for training and possibly a career, or you can go find a job and start earning a living. Or as many do, you can choose to work and go to school at the same time. It is your choice along with your family.
- You are not ready for prime time: Very few people step out of high school into a career completely ready to be successful. Employers expect you to be trained before they will take a chance on you. You need both training and experience. The rest of your life will be a continuing educational experience made up of both formal training and accumulated experience. Look forward to this and embrace the opportunities that it will provide.
- The past is behind you: Many people aren’t particularly proud of their high school career and transcript. Don’t worry about it. After a year of college or training, no one will ask for your high school transcript. Your college one is the only one that will count; so practice being the best you can be at this next level.
- Practice being successful: Every successful athlete, performer, and business person has a long history of practice. Talent plus practice makes them stars. Start practicing being successful by doing your best at whatever you choose do. It won’t always be easy, but you will always grow from the effort.
- Consider all opportunities: Truthfully, the only thing anyone will ever give you is the opportunity to succeed. Some opportunities won’t be desirable; others might be very subtle. But be aware of opportunities when they arise. You take a risk when you choose to pursue an opportunity so choose carefully but don’t be afraid of it. Pursue your passion.
- You are not locked into your choices: People change careers frequently. It is very likely that you might start off pursuing a career choice and find yourself distracted by something very different. That opportunity might just be a job or industry change or it might be a total recreation of your career. Don’t feel that you are locked into one career choice.
So graduate, the game is on. You got game?