Youth Motivational Speaker’s 10 Tips for High School Graduates

Youth Motivational Speaker’s 10 Tips for High School Graduates

Congratulations!  I hope your senior year of high school was a mesmerizing experience.  The chapter closes and now another one has to open.  What is it going to be like?  Well, being that I wasn’t invited to share my thoughts at your high school commencement, I decided to give my thoughts here in my blog.  I hope you enjoy and take it seriously.

My 10 Tips for High School Graduates from Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden:

1.  Go to college and further your education

    1. Don’t pay too much for your education
    2. Avoid student loans
    3. Avoid debt
    4. Go to community college and get your general classes out of the way
    5. Know that a degree alone doesn’t assure you success in the real world


2.  It’s not about you

    1. Employers don’t care if you are happy
    2. Employers don’t care about your income
    3. Employers don’t care about what you think
    4. Employers don’t care about anything that has to do with you
    5. It’s about them and being profitable


3.  Create Personal Value

    1. A company cares about what you bring to the table
    2. You have to create more money for the company than what you cost the company
    3. You have to have professional value in the workplace
    4. If you don’t have value you will be passed over and they don’t care about your parents phone calls


4.  Responsibility

    1. Life, Results, Success, Happiness, Health, Prosperity, Relationships, etc.
    2. Do good and you get the credit.  Do bad and you get the blame
    3. If your life sucks, that’s because you suck.  Learn not to suck at life
    4. It’s not your friends, parents, co-workers, employers fault in anything you’ve done


5.  Respect Others

    1. Respect people enough to show up when you say you are going to show up
    2. Respect your employers enough to be there on time and stay late
    3. Respect your boss’s even though you think they are idiot’s because he/she is still your boos and deserves your respect
    4. Respect your co-workers so they will respect you and your customers because they pay you
    5. Respect people in general and you will get respect
    6. People aren’t as stupid as you think they are
    7. Seek first to understand than to be understood


6.  Clearly Define Priorities

    1. Your time, money, and priorities always go to what is important to you
    2. If looking cute is important than you will spend your money at the mall
    3. If financial security is important than you will learn to save and live on less than you earn
    4. Time management isn’t just two words in this blog.  They are traits of a leader and a person of character
    5. Goals and a Purpose


7.  Work Hard and Be Great

    1. It’s not about passion – people are passionate about things they suck at
    2. You don’t get paid to be happy on the job, you’re paid to do your job perfectly
    3. Work Hard at what you are good at, not what you aren’t good at.  You can’t work hard and not be good because then you suck and your working too hard


8.  Change Your Attitude

    1. There are Three Questions you will ask yourself every day when you lay your head on the pillow.  Three things you want to say, “Yes” to

i.     Is my life Meaningful
ii.     Is my life Rewarding
iii.     Is my life Fulfilling

If you can’t answer, “Yes” to these questions than your purpose isn’t clearly defined and your goals aren’t big enough.

  1. Life of Gratitude not Attitude
  2. Say “Thank You” 30 times a day


10.  Seek Advice and Wisdom from those with Experience

    1. Listen more than you talk
    2. Listen to your elders
    3. Discover what is really important





There is a lot to really think about amidst the concerns of leaving the comforts of home and the chillaxing life of being a senior.  Now you have to become responsible and self-sufficient.


Make it happen!

** Jeff Yalden is a youth motivational speaker and teen experts that shares his message, “About Life” to over 150 high school assemblies and middle school assemblies every year.  Jeff has been speaking professionally to teens since the early 1990′s.  Find out more about Jeff Yalden at and bring Jeff to your next high school assembly or teen leadership conference.

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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives.

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