This week is not only graduation week, but it is also the week of my birthday. And so I reflect on another year gone by…
This year has been incredibly eventful for me and for all the debs. We have all had to rise to the challenge of debuting our first book (just Kristina left to go—and I can’t wait to see her incredible success!). And at the end of August, we will “graduate,” hang up our tiaras and welcome a new class to the ball. It’s bittersweet, but it’s also a wonderful sign that we have overcome the first hurdle of a published author—the first book.
These are difficult economic times, and the book industry is struggling. Heck, all industries are struggling. I graduated from college during a recession and I remember it well. No one was hiring. There were fewer lay-offs then, but no one was interested in the incredibly talented college graduates pouring into the workplace. So I feel your pain new graduates.
I think the best advice I can offer to any graduate today is to be bold and to try new things, even at the risk of making a mistake. Sometimes the mistakes teach you way more then the safe choices. If everyone is going to law school, or business school, try doing something else—something that intrigues you and/or something that might help change the world for the better. If nothing else, it will give you many great stories to tell and could possibly help launch a future writing career!
So congratulations graduates, and here’s hoping the next year brings good fortune and good news to all of us–to our country and to our world.