The Graduation Advice We Wish We'd Been Given

Gretchen Gavett, E L U S A, May 21, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Harvard Business Review advice to graduates is all about "success", "winning" and "persevering" in the face of challenges and competition. The well-meaning advice sounds good, but from where I sit, it seems so shallow. My advice I would have given to myself of 1986? "Find good work to do - a wrong to right, an injustice to correct, a problem to solve. This will bring meaning and value to your life. Cultivate interesting experiences and meaningful relationships. These will bring you happiness and contentment. Never mind the rest; it is irrelevant."

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