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If I Could Give a Commencement Speech 
May 29, 2012 6:14 am 
Updated: Jun. 19, 2012 9:30 am
Dear graduating class of 2012:

As you set forth upon the world in your enthusiasm to make it a better place, I would like you to remember a few things:

-Every generation before you said they were going to change the world, not everyone did.

-Forget everything you learned in school about you being special and that you matter the most; the real world doesn't care about you, it will chew you up and spit you out-no matter how many trophies you got for participating and showing up.

-The real world cares about achievement and the bottom line; even supposed "not for profits"

-When a customer asks you a question-don't respond with "huh" or "what"

-Respect yourself, and then you will respect others, life is not a reality show.  You don't have to swear and treat people rudely to win.

-Put your cell phone away when you are at work

-Always be on time.

-You may think you know more than your boss, but I bet they knew more than you did too, they just worked hard to get there.  If you constantly point out problems, you will never advance.  Work hard, shut your mouth and people will notice you.

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for each other guides our manners"

May 29, 2012 6:35 am
Standing and clapping. Great speech, my oldest son just graduated and I will pass this on for him to read. He has been working p/t for several years. There is nothing better for humbling the young testosterone filled males than placing them in a job that deals with customers, the elderly and whiney people. My son experienced many good times and bad times, things the school just could not teach. He seems like an adjusted yound man to send out into society. Can you tell I am bursting with pride?
May 29, 2012 6:37 am
that sounded sexist, girls would benefit from a public relations job as well. I just fear their hormones would weigh them down.
May 29, 2012 7:12 am
There are a lot of places cell phones should be put away! Thanks for all your yummy recipes!
May 29, 2012 8:29 am
I wish they had a program in the US where they taught kids that the world does NOT revolve around these young folks. We tried to raise our son with manners and the value of helping others. When he was 18, he was a volunteer delivery person for Meals on Wheels in Orlando FL. We went with him a couple times to meet his elderly clients. It was SO MUCH fun to see this kid interact with elderly and often fragile seniors. He was a rock star to them too. He called the girls "doll" and the gents "young men" and they would just beam. Those are the things that can change the world....one person at a time :)
May 29, 2012 9:37 am
Thank the schools and the parents that gave us the "self esteem" movementof the late 80's. My dad always said that if you want self esteem-get a job!
May 29, 2012 12:18 pm
I'm standing next to RNG yelling "BRAVO!" I do believe kids should have mandatory, year long, service programs, working with the indigent, elderly, and ill people in their community before they can graduate. Along with the self esteem, kids need to learn compassion and how to be humble. Great blog, Chef John!
May 29, 2012 2:28 pm
>> "The real world cares about achievement and the bottom line" Yep, And Who Can Stomp On More People And Lie To Get To The Top.
May 30, 2012 7:52 am
Mauigirl- it sounds like you raised a great guy. ChefJohn I totally agree. I won't return to places with bad customer service- usually teens who act like they are doing you a favor if they acknowledge your existence and are full of a sense of entitlement and arrogance. yuck!
May 30, 2012 9:05 pm
Great advice... Both my hubby and i had jobs at a young age and now in our late 20s are looking at these kids like they are aliens... No respect anymore especially towards anyone older. My hubby delivers perscriptions to mostly elderly people in the rural area where we live and i have gone with him these elderly customers swoon over him he has had several of them ask him to move in with them! He was taught respect and lives by it, now if he could only get along so well with the idiots his own age...
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I have been a professional restaurant person for 30+ years. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my way up the ladder. No schooling except for hands on experience in locations around the USA. I am now starting my own business as a consultant and food writer.
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Starting my own public access cooking show-"It's Only Food". Did 33 shows in 3 years as the chef and producer. It certainly opened up a lot of doors and paved the way for changing the way I look at food.
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Missing my family growing up and working 80 hour weeks, but I can say that it paid off. No regrets.
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