Lessons for the Class of 2020

May 3, 2022

It hasn’t been easy for you, Class of 2020. Your senior year was ripped out from under you. No prom, no class trip, no senior ditch day. The moment you dreamed of, accepting your diploma on that stage in front of your friends and family, has been taken from you. 

It’s true; this isn’t exactly what you expected. Years of hard work, tests, tears, all-nighters, and accomplishments have led up to this moment, and you deserve a celebration. So I want to start by congratulating you on all you have achieved so far. 

You’ve been through a lot, but now you have to choose between being a victim or becoming a growth owner. Make the choice to start building momentum and embracing this learning experience as a way to propel yourself forward on this path of life. Program your mind to take everything in stride and use it to make yourself stronger rather than give in to the challenges life throws at you. 

We need to set you up for success; you are the first to learn from the lessons COVID-19 has brought upon us. The truth is, life has been too good for too long, and that has caused us to make some careless mistakes; this is your chance to make things better. Use this crisis as a lesson in building the momentum you need to continue to succeed. 

So How Do You Build Momentum After You Graduate? 

How do you go about building that momentum right out of high school? Well, I’m glad you asked! Here are three tips to help you out: 

Start saving now.

Your youth is the best time to teach yourself to periodically set aside some money. You never know when you might run into an emergency, and those savings could seriously help you out.

You may have heard the belief that you shouldn’t save if you are in debt. I say that’s risky; you should still be building savings even as you are paying down debt. If you need to cut corners, make sacrifices elsewhere; never sacrifice your savings. That new giant flatscreen T.V. seems fun, but when you can’t pay the bill to keep it on, you run into a sticky situation. 

Putting aside savings should become a habit now so you can always count on your safety net. It’s a success habit that is going to catapult and build your momentum as you move onto college or wherever else you’re heading next. Apps like Acorn, Robinhood, and WeBull are perfect for helping you keep track of your savings in a simple and easy way.

  1. Dreams are important, but you need to be smart about them. In every situation, think about how you could be benefiting others as you benefit yourself. Employers that take care of their employees are being celebrated right now. Companies that have social value embedded into their businesses are the ones consumers will gravitate toward. 

People find themselves drawn to sincere companies that care about their employees. How you treat the people in your life plays a big role in how others will treat you.

Stay flexible.

The businesses that stayed successful during the pandemic were the ones that were able to adapt to their situation. They use their resources and think creatively to change what they do to something that can thrive in the pandemic. 

Restaurants offer curbside pick-up and delivery, pharmacies have drive-through testing centers, and streaming services offer movies that would normally only be in theaters. Adapting has allowed these companies to stay afloat even in a world where everyone is stuck at home. 

Quick thinking and creative planning is the secret to success. That’s not to say you should always be planning for another disaster; I just mean that you need to stay creative and remember to think outside the box. Keep building your momentum by making it a habit to always be ready to adapt; what’s popular today may be “so yesterday” tomorrow.

To the graduating class, and anyone else looking to build momentum in your life, keeping these three tips in mind is crucial to becoming successful. Focus on developing success habits and you can achieve all that you set your mind to!

Class of 2020, you have become so strong and resilient. I celebrate you making it through this year and your entire student career so far; you are immensely prepared for anything that may come your way.

Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Will Moore is a gamification, habits and happiness expert.

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