Last weekend, we graduated! I’ll go ahead and speak for all of us in the photo above when I say that we kind of suck at power posing. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn a lot over the past 2 years. This week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. In typical me fashion, I turned to all sorts of inspirational quotes. My favorite one from the week is below. Friends really are just the best.
As for some other learnings, Ruth M. Porat, Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. delivered the keynote address at our ceremony. I admittedly took zero notes during the actual speech, so just know that the below lessons are completely paraphrased!
# 1 Listen!
Ruth told a funny story about how to make a good impression on men. She laughed when she said that the best way to make a man feel great is to ask a question and then just listen. He will leave thinking you made a great connection. She made it clear that men can also try it on women ;).
# 2 – Follow your true north
In work and in life, Ruth encouraged us that we can do our best by being true to what we think is right. If you’re always following your own ‘true north,’ things will just work out.
# 3 – Don’t wait for everything to be perfect
Ruth mentioned that whether we are facing professional or personal decisions, we shouldn’t wait for one aspect of our lives to be perfect to focus on the other. She encouraged us not to wait to get to a certain point in our careers before thinking about a family; to not wait to push for the next promotion because of what’s going on in our personal lives…
To close out, I’d like to share a little snippet from a letter I wrote to myself at the end of last year…
I absolutely hate change, so I wouldn’t say I feel completely balanced, grateful, peaceful, and content JUST yet. But I do feel good about getting there. For the summer months, I’ve decided to cut back a little on writing The Venable. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up. Just cutting back. You’ll be hearing from me every other week for the summer!