TREND Spring 2017 - Page 38

Last Time for Everything Accomplishments are always a reason to celebrate, and few occasions are quite as significant as high school graduation. The most important thing you hear when you graduate will be: your name. The least important message you hear will be delivered by the graduation speaker. If the speaker is smart, he or she will keep the message brief and challenge graduates to find their passions, define and chase success, and be ready for the real world. Recognize your talent or passion. Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th century British Prime Minister, once said, “Man is only great when he acts from passion.” It is important to realize that you can do what you love with your life. Passion is your GPS system for life. Your life does not belong to your parents, your teachers, or your political leaders. You will have to be realistic in deciding if you can turn your passion into the career or lifestyle you want to live, and decide how to make that happen. There is no playbook for your life, except to live it to the fullest every day. I use a guidebook called the Bible to help me. The truth is that your passion will change. I love to write, but in high school I did not have that passion. Therefore expand your horizons and your passion may grow or change. It will take courage to grow into that which you have the capacity to become. Don’t buy society’s definition of success. Before you can achieve success, you will have to define what success means to you. In his book Born to Win!, Zig Ziglar, an expert on success, motivation, and leading a balanced life, contends that success cannot be defined in one sentence, but instead it is comprised of many things. He said: “One could argue that the definition depends on the individual and one size does not fit all.” Success is not the opposite of failure. In fact, learning from failure is part of the key to success. Wealth, prosperity and fame do not define success. Colin Powell