by Dick Miller
October 1, 2014. We were sad to learn of the recent death of Dick Miller. May his stories live on.
I were invited to give a college commencement address, it would be
mercifully brief, and along these lines:
I were 22 years old, as are many of the members of the college
graduating classes of 2014...
and had the opportunity to ask my
70-year-old self for some tips...
Here’s a baker’s
ideas that I would pass along.
is older doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re
wiser, but it increases the odds.
- If you
figure out why. Do you have that characteristic? If not, what are you
going to do about it?
because it has
always been done that way doesn’t necessarily mean that it
should continue to be done that way.
experts often forget what it was like to be a novice.
- When you
new, ask them what they do before you tell them what you do.
- A lot of
already been figured out. Do your homework before you decide that
you’ve made a breakthrough.
in a wide variety of packaging.
leaders, and they need followers. People who can do both well are
open to it, you can learn something from every single person you meet.
try to deliver
more than is expected of you.
out loud at
least once a day (preferably more).
forget to have a life outside your professional world.
the class of 2014: you’ve just finished an intense period of
learning. But remember the definition of the term
a beginning. All this has been has been preparation for the beginning
of the rest of your life, both professional and personal.
close with the oft-cited quote from the immortal Mark Twain. You can
add a few years as necessary and apply it to today’s
“When I was
a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have
the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how
much the old man had learned in seven years.”
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