Advice for Graduating Students

For Joanna Novelo, a SUCCESS magazine Facebook fan page reader, who asked advice for her graduating class from San Francisco State University:

1. Remember, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  —Eleanor Roosevelt

2. Learn from great entrepreneurs, like Tony Hawk. A school psychologist once explained to the skateboarder’s parents that he was a “gifted child who struggles because he has the mind of a 12-year-old trapped inside an 8-year-old’s body.” Developing his exceptional talent on a skateboard was the key to unlocking Hawk’s success. His confidence grew, his personality improved, he smiled more and he stopped mentally beating himself up for his perceived failures. 

3. Create good habits for yourself. Experts say it takes 21 days of consistent, focused behavior to make a difference. Start today.

4. Build your personal-development libraryVisit the SUCCESS Store for books and DVDs on personal development.

5. There are 168 hours in a week. But when you ask most people, they’ll answer 40 because their brains are programmed to think in workweek terms. Learn to use those 168 hours wisely and fully.

6. “There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” —Ronald Reagan

So, find what you’re good at. Do what you love. Find a way to make a living doing it. Wear a helmet.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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