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Life lessons for new graduates?|
1. develop good habits and self-discipline, discard bad habits and adventurism.
2. invest in maintaining good health.
3. keep mind sharp and agile by reading widely and thinking critically.
4. give 20% to parents, save 20% for future, use 60% divided as 40% for maintenance and 20% for skills enhancement; this is not a fixed formula and will probably vary month to month but try and see if works; in most cases, there won't be enough left after maintenance; the idea is to use money sparingly for self-discipline and character-building.
5. success comes hard and few, be ready for disappointments but keep calm and carry on; impatience disrupts and diffuses effort;
6. always be alert to respond to good opportunities for personal development but study and discuss the risks carefully before committing to anything;
7. in every life, there will be one or two chances for personal success; they may come early or late in life; be confident about that, don't waste the chances when they show up;
8. make friends but good ones; bad friends transmit bad habits and behavior; don't take advantage of others just to progress oneself; be honest and helpful and upright.
9. obey the laws and stay away from illegal activities; any gain from them today will all be more than lost tomorrow; the worst loss is loss of any good personal character bequeathed by parents; it's a bigger loss than losing their legacies because the future of one's offsprings will also be affected;
10. don't waste time; sleep early to wake up early to spend first ten minutes fresh in mind to reflect on plans for the day, lessons learned from yesterday, balance and calmness of mnd needed to be reset after facing difficulties;
11. shortcuts to wealth may cut short life;
12. maintain personal hygiene and tidyness - in personal grooming and appearance, in place of stay and work, in quality of work; always be systematic and methodical; always have presence of mind about how oneself is presented to others and how others conclude about oneself but don't be too worked up if conclusions are too negative until one is demotivated from trying to be better
13. forget the small irritations quickly, stay true to the big picture of things, events and happenings; always maintain updates on general knowledge and what is happening around in the world; take an interest and be curious; go deep into one subject of interest; do work as if it is a hobby and not a chore;
14. learn personal financial planning and economics; pick up practical tips on banking and how to buy things and where to find information and how to prequalify it; don't swallow everything as completely true; if an offer is too good to be true, it isn't;
15. be observant and alert; they are necessary to be smart and wise...
There are a few more on job hunting, networking, cycle of life, relationships....but that's for another day.