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More for the Class of 2017

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
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My last graduation – from law school.

Dear Class of 2017,

I wrote this post over at LinkedIn this weekend, as graduation and commencement season begins.

Here are a few other bonus pieces of advice for the class of 2017:

1. Try not to be high maintenance – As you move your way into the world of work, try not to be high maintenance.  Don’t demand the corner office just yet instead of the cubicle – you’ve got a few years of work to earn it before you can ask for it.  It’s OK to challenge your elders (in tenure) at work, but you should also respect them too. They can also teach you a thing or two about the School of Hard Knocks. The last thing you want to be branded early in your career is high maintenance.  Focus on hard work, learning, and stretching yourself instead of demanding European Lager and Carmex in your dressing room.

2. Go out of your way to be old-fashioned.  I’m not talking about the drink, or go hipster. I’m instead suggesting that you be old-fashioned with your gratitude. Write people thank you notes. By hand. With a pen or pencil. The old fashioned way. Put them in the snail mail. With a stamp. The old-fashioned way. Make sure you try to distinguish and establish your very own old-fashioned brand of gratitude for those who take time to meet with you and help you along the way.  People are busy, and the universe owes you nothing. So, when people stop and help you, celebrate that.

3. Read. Again, this may sound a lot like #2 above, but you really need to read those old fashioned things called books. Get a library card – you don’t need to buy every book off of Amazon and go broke either while furthering your education. Read everything you can get your hands on too. Read trashy novels if you like – but just keep reading!  A great imagination can be your best friend over time and serve you well.