Congratulations! You’ve made it through the first phase of your education. For some of you, you may be thinking, school is over, now you can get on with living. I encourage you to re-think that plan. I realize that College is not for everyone, but I assure you the best investment you will ever make in your life is your education. Ben Franklin said it best, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” That investment does not necessarily have to be money, but rather time and dedication. Knowledge does not just come from a classroom, but also from life experiences. Life provides us with an opportunity to learn something new each and every day, whether we do or not is entirely up to us. Invest . . . increase your knowledge, and you won’t be sorry that you did.
Life teaches us many things, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that it is important to learn from the successes as well as the failures of others. One way we can do this is to find someone in our chosen field of interest, that appears to be successful, and ask that person to become our mentor. We can have more than one, but the key is to have a mentor. Someone who can guide us in the right direction, someone from whom we can learn what hazards lie beneath the surface and how to detect them. Finding a mentor does not guarantee success, but it opens the door of opportunity. You still have to invest your time and your energy into making yourself a success.
It is imperative that as you begin to establish yourself into your future role that you do not equate material wealth with success. There are many things in this life that will make you a success, but if at the end of the day all you have is money and things, your life will be hollow, and far from successful. Learn to balance material wealth, emotional wealth and familial wealth and your life will be a success.
As you go forward, remember that only you can decide what you are wiling to invest in yourself. If you invest in nothing else, find a way to invest in your knowledge, each and every day.