The Best (and Worst) Graduation Advice You Never Heard

Travis Stork
Travis Stork

"Benjamin...I want to say one word to you. Just one word...Are you listening?"
"Yes, I am."
"Exactly how do you mean?"

Along with the ties and fountain pens, recent graduates get a lot of advice. And, while most of it is better than the earnestly delivered career suggestion in The Graduate, it can often be contradictory, confusing, and even downright disastrous. With that in mind, we asked some leaders in business, entertainment, and publishing to share the best and worst advice that they ever received. And, while we were at it, we also asked them for the most useful suggestions that they could give the next generation.

What they said was surprising -- and, in many cases, gave us a good idea of how they got to where they are.


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