With college graduation ceremonies finished up at this point, Fast Company collected six of the best pieces of advice from different speeches that new graduates (and everyone else) will be inspired by.
- “You’re never not afraid.” Even if you’re afraid of something, do it. As athletes, we already have practice going after goals and dreams that may be scary to us.
- “Never give up is bad advice.” Grit doesn’t mean keep doing things that are failing, it means find new ways to pursue your dreams when plans fail. As athletes, we’re taught to do whatever it takes to score a goal or defend a play, but sometimes we had to take an alternate path or change directions to do it.
- “Open your mind.” Seek out different perspectives and be open to changing your mind. Don’t get attached to labels or being too comfortable.
- “Don’t get caught up in the trap of comparison.” Comparing yourself to other’s success only slows you down from finding your own. Athletes know this – just because a teammate or another player excels for one reason, doesn’t mean you cannot offer your own unique set of skill and achieve success.
- “Treat people like people.” Everyone deserves equal respect and generosity, regardless of whether they’re a “top scorer” or “sits on the bench.”
- “Always trust yourself.” Trust your instincts, dream big, and then dream bigger!