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Be Open to All Possibilities

Categories: Professional Development

The third point from my keynote graduation speech at Temple University.

If you haven’t been following my blog, last week I was the keynote graduation speaker for the School of Communications & Theater at Temple University. There were 675 graduates, and another 2,000 plus (family, friends, faculty, etc) in attendance.

The first two points I covered (which I wrote about in my last two weekly blog posts) were:

1)     Play to your strengths and passion for greater success

2)     Market yourself continually and professionally

The third point is: be open to all possibilities.

The world is different now than when these graduates entered college, and it will continue to change. The class of 2009 can’t afford to think in silos. This fresh crop of college graduates needs to be open to where they can apply their talents and skills.

Where would the talents of a broadcast major fit? What nontraditional “platforms” can a theater major perform on?

Flexibility and creativity are key for new graduates. Continuing their education – whether formal or informal – will be essential.

The challenge for the graduates is to focus on the next steps of learning.

My mantra is, “If you aren’t green and growing, you are ripe and rotting.”

Although my presentation was to recent college graduates, this message is valuable for all business professionals.

Next week, I’ll share my fourth strategy for new graduates. Stay tuned!


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