Congratulations to all the 2017 graduates! You have accomplished a major victory.
As you go off into this big beautiful world, I have one piece of wisdom to share. Allow yourself plenty of room to make mistakes and grow from the experience.
Even though you have received a valuable education, there remains plenty of opportunities for further growth. Unless you are someone who knows everything there is to know about everything, I believe its safe to say that you will make some mistakes.
A wise African Proverb says, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” The rough seas of life, will teach you how to successfully navigate obstacles, develop or strengthen critical skills, develop character, and teach you to value what is most important.
Life is filled with many twists and turns. Be mindful to show yourself compassion. Most importantly, be certain to turn any mistakes into opportunities for valuable lessons.