Sign your name
Congratulations on making it through yet another milestone.
No matter what you do in the future, always remember you accomplished this - graduating from high school. You should be proud, and rightfully so. Just remember, you are where you are because of those behind you. Friends, parents and, most importantly, teachers, have pushed you to excel, to reach this goal.
You are leaving the school halls for the last time. Some will take a much-needed break, others will get right to work. Many of you are planning to head off to college this fall, others will take a different path. And you are probably getting lots of advice now, as well as the age-old question every parent asks - what are you going to do with your life?
Allow us a moment to add to that chorus. One of the most important things you can ever accomplish is to find your purpose in life. Why did God put you here? It is up to you to find out. More importantly, you must actually fulfill your purpose. Each of us is given different talents. Use those talents to develop and nurture your purpose.
Tied to finding your purpose is being passionate about whatever you do. We are not talking just about sports and hobbies, but your career as well. What are you passionate about? What makes you get up in the morning (other than your parents yelling at you)? You will find that your passions are intricately tied to your purpose. In other words, do what you enjoy. There is nothing worse that being in a career where you are not passionate. You will succeed when you do what you keeps you motivated. As the saying goes, “Do what you love, the money will follow.”
Seek out mentors, those individuals who have walked the path ahead of you. Never be afraid to ask for advice, but rather seek it out as often as possible. It is much easier to learn from the experience of others than to try it all by yourself. You will only waste time and effort.
In the same vein, always be willing to help out another, to offer advice in your areas. What goes around, does indeed come around.
Life is not fair. You are guaranteed nothing. It is up to you to surround yourselves with the right people who will be there for you when all seems lost. And be that person to others as well. You will be known by the people around you. Perception too often is reality in the minds of others.
And finally, commit fully to whatever you do, in your job, your family, your hobbies. Be willing to sign your name to any, and every, thing you do. Honor yourself by putting your all into everything. Be able to stand back and say “that’s my best.”
Sign your name.
We wish you well.