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Updated: Dec 13, 2017

3 Ways You Can Make Trouble and Find Success After College Graduation

Are you looking for a great book to inspire a graduate in your life? Or are you graduating and looking for words of wisdom to navigate the real world?

Look no further than, Make Trouble, written by director John Waters. Make Trouble is a hysterical and darkly illustrated version of Water’s commencement speech that he made last year at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Waters who is infamous for his eccentric films, like Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, shares a quirky and brutally honest call to action for the next generation in their search for success.

Ever creative and shocking here are Waters’ 3 best ways for young people to Make Trouble and find success on their own terms after graduation.

“Today may be the end of your juvenile delinquency, but it should also be the first day of your adult disobedience.”

Graduation signifies the end of that obvious path and the beginning of the unchartered trail you must forge on your own. And while carving out that new path, unique to you, don’t conform, don’t lose the edge of youth that screams for change and demands interesting new ways of living, thinking and behaving. Waters reminds us, that you can maintain your young spirit in your newly minted adult life, it’s just called by a different name.

“Ask for the world and pay no mind if you are initially turned down.”

Don’t be afraid to dream big, hope for the incredible and ask for greatness. Yes, you may be turned down (and disappointed) but don’t let that deter you, rather look at those failures as great teachers and ultimately the needed steps on a path to something new and wonderful.

“It’s time to get busy. It’s your turn to make trouble.”

There is no better time than now to get busy finding your way, trying new experiences, dreaming big, following your heart, being loud and making your own kind of trouble! Waters reminds us that following your heart, and demanding the world listen, will lead you on a path, albeit scary at times, to your unique success story!

So graduates and the families that have been supporting you over the last four years, it’s time! Get out there and make trouble, forge your own unique path and remember, Shinebright Coaches are here to help you envision that path with your strengths leading the way!  Click here to learn more about our coaching packages for Graduates and how to create and carve out your unique success story.

If you would like to purchase John Waters book Make Trouble you can do so here

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