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January 2, 2012

I meant to post this last week, but life intervened…

I co-wrote an open letter to the younger people graduating this year with my friend Monique Hayward.  It’s posted on her blog here.

At the same time, however, in our visits to high schools and colleges around the country, where we have the opportunity to listen to young people and advise them about their academic and career choices, we’re observing firsthand that many of you are not ready for this new world. A lot of you lack a clear understanding of what it’s going to take for you to succeed in the 21st Century marketplace. In this case what you don’t know can hurt you.

We’ve seen for ourselves what can hurt. We bring a wealth of practical experience, knowledge, and insight. Both of us have worked in high-technology developing business strategies, creating product plans, promoting new products and technologies, and all that time pursuing entrepreneurial ventures and being active members of our community. The point is we actually care about the next generation and the lives and careers you undertake. We’re here to support you with four key tenets to get your nascent career on track that go beyond what you’ll learn in the classroom or in your immediate social circles. These are developing good professional habits, learning how to network, understanding influence, and living and exploring life. This is the real deal, and your success will mean the future success of your community, your nation, and your world.

It might be a bit more academic than you’re used to from me, but feel free to toss it the way of any younger generation that would be interested.

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