"It is your job... to be worth more than you cost"

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Real Estate Agent with eDrake

Below is a real world commencement speech written and delivered this morning on Fox:

 

Larry Winget's advice for grads
Published May 15, 2012 | Fox & Friends | Larry Winget

 

"Congratulations on earning your degree. But the truth is that the degree alone isn't going to be enough to assure your success in the real world.

 

In the real world employers don't care much about your degree, your happiness, your income or really much of anything that has to do with you. They care about what you can do for them. And from this point on, that's how you have to think. Businesses exist to be profitable. It is your job to help make them profitable. If you know how to do that, how to be worth more than you cost, then you have value in the workplace. If you don't know how to be worth more than you cost, then employers will pass you over and find someone else.

 

Look at what it really takes to be successful in the real world.

You have to take responsibility. Your life, your results, your success, happiness, health and prosperity are up to you. When it turns out well, you get the credit and when it doesn't work out the way you wanted it to, you get the blame. It isn't up to anyone else to make sure you are successful, it's always up to you, so be responsible.

 

Others. Respect your employer enough to be on time and give them your personal best every day because that is what they are paying for. Respect your boss, even when you think he is an idiot because he is still your boss and deserves your respect. Respect your coworkers so they will respect you and your customers because they pay you.

 

Clear priorities. Your time, your energy and your money will always go to what is important to you. If looking cute is important to you then you will spend all of your money at the mall. If being financially secure is important to you then you will make sure that you save, invest and live on less than you earn.

It's about work and excellence. Regardless of what others may tell you, it's not about your passion -- as I know people who are passionately incompetent. It's not loving what you do or being happy every day. You aren't paid to be happy on the job; you are paid to do your job. Success always comes down to hard work and excellence. And it takes both. Hard work alone won't cut it. I know people who work really hard yet aren't any good at what they do so it doesn't matter. And I know people who are excellent at what they do but they don't work hard enough at it to make any difference.

 

So work hard and be excellent at what you do. And remember, if any one can do it then anyone can do it."

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Mike Frazier
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Edward, if college grads do this they can change the landscape(for the better) here in America.

May 15, 2012 07:38 AM #1
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Jason Sardi
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Interesting article.  I like it!

May 15, 2012 10:12 AM #2
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Dale Bledsoe
Crown Key Realty - Tracy, CA
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My first though was some one must have really dumped on you to prompt you to write such a cynical post. My second thought was to agree with you basic concept "be worth more than you cost". Third, your premise of "they don't care much about your happiness, your income or really much of anything about you" certainly applies to some companies, but far from all companies. Many companies have come to understand that fewer happy employees can easily accomplish more than a larger number of unhappy employees. These enlightened companies work hard to maintain a corporate atmosphere of team, sharing in the profits for everybody and that its most important assets are its employees. 

Beyond this you talk about hard work, respect, work with passion, and your success and happiness depends on you. These are age old fundamentals worth repeating. The companies that don't care lack these kind of employees, and the companies that do care cultivate these characteristics in their most important assets each day. 

Just my humble opinion.

 

May 15, 2012 10:21 AM #3
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Shirley Cohen

I love this advice.  It's succinct and so true!

May 15, 2012 11:02 AM #4
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Rob Arnold
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Seems a lot of people graduate from college and think the world owes them a living.  Then reality sets in and they realize they are starting at the bottom of the totem pole and nobody owes them anything.

May 15, 2012 12:09 PM #5
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Edward Peterson
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Dale, I wish that I did write it but I did not - I have, however,rasp thought it.

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