Cheryl Richardson’s latest newsletter is taken from a commencement speech she gave to a graduating class some time ago. We could learn a lot from this, irrespective of whether we are kids or adults. There’s something here for everyone no matter where you are in your life at the moment.
For the last fifteen years I’ve worked as a coach helping people to create great lives. I’ve guided artists, entrepreneurs, corporate employees, or moms and dads through the process of identifying their goals and crafting an action plan, and then I’ve held them accountable for taking the actions that will improve the quality of their lives. I’ve learned a lot about what makes for a great life –
a life that honors who we really are; our values and most treasured priorities. And I’ve learned about what gets in the way.
Today I’d like to share a list of ten things my clients tell me they wish they had known earlier in life (me too!). As difficult as it is to listen to adults, trust me, if you take even one piece of advice
from this list and use it, you’ve got a much better chance of leading a full and happy life.
1. Relax. Nowadays there’s too much pressure put on kids to make the “perfect” career choice. You’re still young. Give yourself plenty of time to chart your own course. After all, current studies show that adults will change careers (not jobs) 5 to 7 times in a lifetime. We all have multiple gifts and talents that need to be honored and expressed. The choices you make today will grow and evolve over time, so don’t worry. Think of your career as a long-term portfolio of jobs that will express the fullness of who you are. There are no perfect choices.