I recently had a manager on my team ask me how I achieved my position in the company. Truthfully, I didn’t set forth on each new project or task with the goal of getting a promotion. Each of my decisions was tactical, aligned with corporate goals and personal goals to improve productivity and make an impact within the organization. But, looking back, I can see a connection, a connection to certain projects that I am especially proud of.
Now is the time for graduations, so I thought I’d take a moment to share with you my version of a commencement address, since I haven’t been asked to give one yet. (Side note to the University of Kansas: I’m available!)
Most addresses exhort graduates to stay true to themselves, to work hard, to follow their dreams and, after a long and happy career, to retire into the sunset. But how do you achieve that? How do you find happiness in what you do?