Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Life Lessons

When she graduated from college, Katherine Schwarzenegger didn’t have a “plan for herself.” The daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger worried about “finding her way in the world.”

In her new book, I Just Graduated… Now What? (Crown Archetype; $20), 24-year-old Schwarzenegger aims to help recent grads deal with the insecurities and realities of life after college. After interviewing 31 successful people including Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, Sara Blakely of Spanx, singer John Legend and SUCCESS Publisher Darren Hardy, Schwarzenegger has advice for graduates unsure of their future paths. Some of her tips could apply to any of us seeking personal reinvention.

“If you don’t know what you want to do, at least be clear about what you don’t want to do,” she says. Other don’ts that will help you find what you truly want to do:

-Don’t wait for the perfect job to come to you. Many recent graduates think they are really qualified to have a great job and not start at an OK job where they actually will learn a lot more.

-Do keep an open mind about new possibilities that may create unexpected opportunities.

-Don’t ever think you know it all.

-Don’t think that just because you find yourself interesting everyone else will, too.

-Don’t be afraid to fail. Within that experience, you will find some of the best lessons life can give you.


Jessica Krampe is the digital managing editor for SUCCESS.com. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Jessica has worked for news, entertainment, business and lifestyle publications. Outside of the daily grind, she enjoys happy hours, live music and traveling.

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