Monday, June 8, 2009

Advice for Living.

It's graduation time and this morning I heard the famous "Wear Sunscreen" speech that was given to a group of graduating students some time ago. It got me thinking of the lessons we learn every day, either in our personal lives or in business and how we move forward and learn from them.

For those of you who haven't heard the speech or don't remember, here's a few memorable excerpts: Wear sunscreen. If I could only offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proven by scientists. Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing that scares you. Don't waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

Just something to think of luck to the graduates in your life.