It’s that time of year when college campuses are filled with family and friends as they join seniors to celebrate commencement. It’s a bittersweet time when expectation of the new mingles with the loss in separation from what’s familiar.
It’s a time when advice is shared from podiums around the world; from celebrities, scholars, politicians and corporate leaders. Some of the advice given to graduates applies to all of us. This week I will share some of the best. Keeping it short to allow time to reflect.
“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices.” Jeff Bezos, Princeton (2010)
“Learning how to think’ really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.” David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College (2005)