Graduation: A New Beginning

John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, has some advice for new graduates: “Kick comfortable to the curb.”

According to Chambers, graduates who can shake up the way they think about the world and how they approach the opportunities ahead will be the ones who succeed.

When asked what advice he would give his 22-year-old self, Chambers said, “If I was 22 and in the shoes of this year’s graduating class, I would embrace the change ahead and launch my career by focusing on two guiding principles I’ve used throughout my life.”

Those principles are:

1Never stop learning. The learning process does not end when you graduate – in fact, it should never stop. The best leaders are curious and constantly evolving.

2.  Take risks and lean in to challenges. The only way to grow and learn is to step outside of your comfort zone. We learn more from setbacks in life than we do from our successes. 

Chambers goes on to challenge graduates “to embrace the challenges that come with this completely new experience and use lessons from others to help shape your decisions.”

And although his article was published in 2015, Chambers’ advice is timeless. You can read the full post here.