Graduation season is upon us, which means the commencement speech clichés can commence.
Some advice heard from the stage at college graduations is usually more inspirational than others (“Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try,” Sheryl Sandberg said).
Some advice is funnier than others (“Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along,” Stephen Colbert said.)
Some advice is just good sense (“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen,” said Conan O’Brien).
With that, Charles Wheelan has a book coming out on May 7, “10½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said,” in which he writes about how “saccharine and over-optimistic words of the typical commencement address hold few of the lessons young people really need to hear about what lies ahead.”
So he’s written what he would have liked to have heard at his own commencement ceremony in 1988 that he thinks still rings true today. Here are five of the points he’d like to make to college graduates before they head out of school and into the world later this spring:
For 5 more things Charles Wheelan would like college graduates to hear, go here.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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