If you wrote a commencement speech, what wisdom would you want to impart to a sea of bright, eager, in-debt-up-to-their-eyeballs college graduates? What should college graduates need to know about the competitive business world? Jon Acuff, an author of five bestselling books (his most recent: Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work & Never Get Stuck), did not let not the lack of an invitation to deliver a commencement speech get in the way of reflecting on his business experience. Although Acuff does not fit the description of the wise, silver-haired octogenarian sage that typically delivers a bombastic, protracted commencement oration, at the cusp of middle age (39) Acuff believes he is up to the task to address college graduates half his age; he explains, “[I] have spent 17 years in the workforce. I’ve worked at big companies and small ones. I’ve been promoted and fired. I’ve started my own business. I found and left my dream job. I’ve learned a lot, mostly the wrong way (and would prefer you didn’t). So before you throw your cap in the air… allow me to share some things nobody will tell you.” Here are the 21 things nobody tells you when you graduate college:
The real world is more fun than grumpy adults have ever told you.
One of your friends will be instantly successful.
Your first job might not involve your major in a major way.
Your 20s are lonelier than you think they’ll be.
Being an adult comes with an obscene amount of paperwork.
Your generation gets unfairly labeled for entitlement. Don’t accept that.
Pay attention in meetings.
Treat email like it matters.
Don’t put off your college loans.
Hold your money with an open hand.
If you move home, make sure you bring an exit strategy with you.
Don’t spend all your time with idiots and then wonder why it’s hard to meet someone great to date.
Don’t ask to work from home the first week of your new job.
Jump into the wild west of side jobs.
Figure out which part of your career needs the most work.
Don’t become a dinosaur.
Don’t burn many bridges.
Put your phone down when you’re talking to someone.
Remember, it’s all an audition.
You are going to start at the bottom. That’s OK.
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Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work & Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff
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