Dear High School Graduate

by Rod Smith

• Your High School career is ending; your education is beginning. Brace yourself.

• You didn’t get to cap-and-gown alone. Thank your parents, teachers, coaches, with abandon, even returning to thank your earliest of teachers.

• Your parents are the most important people you’ll ever know. Like it or not, they are perfectly designed to shape you.

• Learn about money and how it works. You will spend your whole life working for money, or, money will work for you. Which would you prefer? If you want money to work for you, save as much as one-third of every dollar you ever earn. Do this and money will see you are in charge. That’s when it will offer you respect and begin to work for you and not against you.

• You don’t have to choose the “right” university, the “right” subjects at tech or the “right” job. You’ll never get everything right. But, it is helpful if you are sincere. There’s no wasted time if you’re sincere.

• Before you can take the long, scenic, “road less traveled” you sometimes have to take the road most traveled. Embrace the ordinary until you are equipped to identify and enjoy the extraordinary.

• Too much too soon in any area of your life will almost always hurt and haunt you.

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