Class of 2017: The Greatest Advice on Success

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“This is the best time of your life” is often said at graduation. It may sure feel that way at college graduation.

But I can assure you – the best is yet to come.

In just weeks, tens of thousands of college graduates will venture out, many with monumental dreams of success. To them, I say have passion, patience, and the willingness to learn more than you may have done over the last four years of study.

Understand that the road to your dreams won’t always be easy, or paved with gold. Accept failure as a possibility, but continue to push on, and dream bigger than before.

As former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer once noted, “Opportunity is about seizing what’s there. It’s about having a point of view...it’s also about patience and determination. Things will not necessarily come to you - poof! - Immediately and overnight. You are going to have to be determined and long-term.”

Be willing to learn. Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean you stop learning, studying, or reading. All of that has only just begun. Failure to learn – especially for those striving for entrepreneurship – can lead to failure.

Always keep your eyes open for new opportunities. Listen to others. Find other ways to accomplish the simplest of tasks. Learn from potential failure, get up, and try again. And don’t forget to give yourself a break.

Above all else, be patient, flexible and unique. Dream big.

Graduation may be one of the best days of your life. But the best is yet to come.

To the graduating Class of 2017, I wish you all the very best. Congratulations on a job very well done. Best wishes on whatever you may choose to do. Go out and seize opportunities and remember that success is rarely instantaneous. Having passion and being patient will be the key to future successes.