That’s also me serving as the commencement speaker before Natasha’s 2017 senior class. “Tash” is the youngest of 7 Miller offspring.
In 1976, I’d heard that “fortune favors the bold”—so down went that fish!
41 years later, I didn’t swallow a fish, but I did tell the 103 graduating high school seniors to be bold. I never used the word “bold,” but did teach the QBQ! book’s message of PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. If a young person chooses to practice that powerful principle, it would make him or her pretty bold in a society that does not support accountability, responsibility, and taking ownership for one’s life.
Do you agree that a person who practices accountability, responsibility, and ownership in today’s world is bold?
My brief QBQ! commencement talk recording is at the end of this blog. Before you dive into the short audio, though, allow me to share my “speaker prep” with you. When brainstorming ideas to share with these fine young Coloradans, I came up with a list. What do you think of it? …
Ideas For Successful Living
- Victim thinking stinks
- Don’t get offended
- Own your actions and results
- Own your relationships
- Own your life
- Focus only on changing self
- Don’t be envious of those who have more than you
- Financially, give first, save second, spend third
- Don’t become entitled
- Try new things
- Skip the blame; don’t point fingers
- The government isn’t there to care for you
- Your family isn’t there to rescue you
- Chase some dreams, take some risks
- Get stuff done today
- Learn, learn, learn
- Earn, earn, earn
- Be punctual
- Stay late on the job sometimes
- Say “please” and “thank you” because manners still matter
- Give each task 100%
- Love others—and yourself
- Don’t take pencils from work or eat grocery store grapes before you’ve paid for them
- Make eye contact, have a firm handshake, smile
- If you grew up in Dysfunction Junction move beyond it now
- Swallow a goldfish or two—BE BOLD!!!
This list would’ve made for a dandy life-success keynote, but the high school principal gave me just 12 minutes. So here’s what I actually said to the 103 graduates—click to enjoy!
Thanks for listening. Two questions:
What was the most important point made?
What would you have told these graduates?