8. Lessons from Dad (pre-lecture).

1. Look good, feel good, do good.

Always put your best foot forward in whatever you do and you will be successful. Dress to impress (but stay within your comfort zone), make sure you take care of your health and well being, and ultimately you will see results in both your personal and your professional life.
2. Take chances, but be safe.
Go for what you want in life. However, if you are offered an opportunity when another one might not come along for a while, take it. You never know what a certain path has to offer unless you travel down it – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
3. Networking is everything.
Building connections is the single most important thing you can do in your college years, and in life. Never forget a face (it’s okay to forget names, my dad does that all the time which is why he calls everyone Buddy) and always follow up. Remember you represent your connections in all facets of your professional life so work hard and be grateful and present yourself and your network well. Don’t burn any bridges if you can help it.
4. You make your own luck.
Work your butt off and it just might pay off in the end.
5. …But you can still be in the right place at the right time.
Some things happen by coincidence. If it’s good, go with the flow. If it’s bad, go with the flow. Either way, it happened and it happened for a reason and gosh darn it, you need to deal with it and make the best out of any situation. One thing to remember: Always remember where you came from.
5. Be confident.
Self-explanatory.
6. Have fun.
Also self-explanatory. Don’t take yourself too seriously – work should be fun and if it’s not then get yourself out of it (without burning bridges… see #3.)
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