We send forth our graduates

Author: Chris Daley & Dawn Reynolds
May 26, 2016

In our last post, we shared the baker’s dozen on successful traits on raising successful children. We shared the admonition of Deuteronomy 6 of modeling and molding young lives.

We now consider a wisdom suite for our college graduates.



In this time of hope and mortarboards, what do graduates really need to know about launching into the work world?

Over the past three years, Michael D. Watkins has engaged the Harvard Business Review community on LinkedIn and has distilled the advice garnered there into the following wisdom nuggets.

  1. What you learned in college is a foundation for future learning, nothing more.
  2. Be someone that your colleagues want to work with.
  3. You’re not as smart as you think you are, even if you are as smart as you think you are.
  4. From the very first moment, remember you are creating an impression.
  5. Do what’s required, from the menial to the extraordinary, to get the job done.
  6. The harder and smarter you work, the luckier you’ll get.
  7. Learn to listen, listen to learn.
  8. Always do your homework.
  9. Don’t learn the tricks of the trade, learn the trade.
  10. Embrace your weaknesses.
  11. Network your brains out.
  12. Don’t lose yourself trying to be what you think others want you to be.

So, what wisdom nuggets are you sharing with the grads in our community?  Take a moment and share one.  They will be all the wiser for your sharing.


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