To the matrics in South Africa

by Rod Smith

To the men and women finishing up their matric examinations within the next two weeks. 

I want you to know the expectations placed upon you far exceed anything I have seen in any school system in the USA. 

You are indeed privileged. 

The quality of your instruction and the examination of your knowledge will stand you in good stead no matter how arduous it may feel right now, days from the end.

Please think on these things:

  • No matter what you become, may generous, kind, and thoughtful be words always used to describe you. If you are going to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, artist, scientist, entrepreneur, nurse, be generous, kind, thoughtful while you are at it. Jerks abound. Don’t be one of them. 
  • No matter what, may you also become an expert in your own behavior and respect how your behavior impacts those in your immediate influence and those whom you may never know or meet. Understand and use your power for good. You will be amazed at the good you can leverage.
  • No matter what you become may you learn the power of sound financial management. If you play your cards right (and I don’t mean credit cards) you have enough years ahead to be financially sound and financially independent by the time you are 40 – and be generous, kind, and thoughtful while you are at it.  

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