Today, I am very excited to bring you a guest post from George Shinn on a timely subject- advice for graduates. George Shinn is a self-made millionaire and active philanthropist. He is the author of The Miracle of Motivation (2013, Shinn Publishing). Who better to motivate your recent graduate to success? I hope you enjoy these 7 steps for success and that they motivate you and anyone you share the article with (graduate or not) to achieve the best.
Graduates Need These 7 Steps For Success: Advice From George Shinn
It’s graduation season for many high school and college students. This special event marks the beginning of adulthood for many young people, and a transition to empty nest status for many parents.
Once a milestone such as graduation has been attained we can feel uncertainty and anxiety after the excitement wears off and reality sets in. This stage of life is filled with endless possibilities, but can be overwhelming. What type of career do you want? Will you like college life? How do you know if the courses you’re taking are really best for you? It’s a transitional time that offers new challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities to our graduates. While there’s incredible potential for success, we can’t help but feel apprehensive about the likelihood of bumps along the journey. Whether it’s your own child who’s just received their diploma, or a niece or nephew or godchild, what qualities can you help instill in them to ensure they are headed toward success?
Advice For Graduates: 7 Steps To Success
As the leader of professional sports teams, companies, and today, a non-profit foundation, I have been fortunate to work many creative and entrepreneur-minded team members. The energetic vibe that with a common goal is infectious, however when we are faced with obstacles we can be our own worse enemies. I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking.
Parents, teachers, and mentors, help your students think creatively, positively, and confidently. When they face obstacles in life, a change in plans, a down turn in business, or a shift in the economy, they will be equipped to move forward despite their circumstances.
Help your graduates embrace a mindset of positivity by following these seven tips for success:
Think of others first and how you can help them—and not what’s in it for you. I’ve found that the same principles hold true in business, as in life. Ultimately, those whose hearts are focused on serving others are truly successful.
Believe you can do it. No one but you can make you believe in yourself; others can help, but you are the only one who can bring this about. Do not sell yourself short! Believe you can find ways to pay for your tuition or land the dream internship. Believe you can succeed.
Use common sense. A frequent mistake is trying too hard to find a solution to a problem. Often we think a problem requires a difficult solution. Look for the simple ones first.
Stop thinking negatively. Thoughts can be controlled. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones; use the negative thought only as a cue to replace it with a positive one.
Stay alert and tuned in. Be on guard for distractions. Ours is a distraction-heavy culture, where we feel the need to constantly be plugged in. Recognize your most vulnerable tendencies for distraction and turn them off or get them out of your immediate access. Making the transition to college or a new job means lots of new freedoms. Keep your eye on your goals, identify potential distractions, and plan accordingly.
Forget mistakes. Dwelling on your mistakes does not change a thing. Live for today and look forward to tomorrow; don’t let useless baggage to hold you down. Mistakes are a valuable part of the learning process.
Be a lifelong learner, always receptive to new ideas. The world’s best organizations are led by lifelong learners, always willing to discover and embrace new ideas. You may have earned your diploma, but don’t stop learning.
I hope you enjoyed these steps for success. For more great information and motivation from George Shinn, you can visit his website at www.georgeshinn.com