When Cameron, who wrote A Dog's Purpose and Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter, graduated from college, his parents gave him some of the best advice he ever received -- and some of the worst. On the positive side, his father told him to take his time getting to adulthood.
"My dad told me not to be in a hurry to get married, settle down, and raise a family. Naturally, I got married, settled down, and started having children. Probably the best advice would have been, 'listen to your father,' but, alas, I was young and thought I knew everything."
But getting time and space to grow can also be a curse: "My parents told me that it was okay for me to live at their house rent free while I looked for work. In retrospect, what I heard from this kind offer was, 'You can continue to live like a child.' I needed to get out on my own, support myself, and face real life, not sleep in the same bed I grew up in."
His advice for recent grads? "Live in open rebellion against foolishness. When rules make no sense, call out your opinion loudly and often. You are an individual only so long as you declare your right to be one."