University of Miami, 2015
Here is your Jimmy Buffett checklist for the ever lucid future:
1. All things in moderation. This may take a while.
2. If you can make your avocation your vocation, your life can be blissful.
3. It is time to see the world. Your college days have come to a close for most of you, and you’re going to ask yourself where has all the time gone?
4. Be Santa Claus when you can. Just being a graduate of this great university makes you a lot luckier than most. Don’t ever take this opportunity as something you deserved.
These days I get up the time I used to go to bed.
1. Everything in moderation. He said he learned this one the hard way at age 40. Hangovers were starting to feel like surgical recovery. “The road to success is a long, winding road that is littered with wreckages of promising careers that crashed and burned. It’s not a pretty thing to see talent wasted, it’s even sadder to waste it yourself. These days I get up about the time I used to go to bed.”
2. Make your avocation your vocation. “There are four things you need to be successful. Talent is 10 percent. Luck is 20 percent. Work ethic is 30 percent. Passion is 40 percent. Passion, not profit, should always be your guide.”
3. It’s time to see the world. “In 1969, when I last wore a cap and gown for my own graduation from the University of Southern Mississippi, my future was just as elusive as yours. I was broke, up to my neck in overdue college loans, my car had died, I had to pay $300 in parking fines just to get my degree, and my draft lottery number was 8. One reason it did turn out well for me was I used a good portion of my time to see the world. Hang your diploma on the wall and do some traveling.”
4. Be Santa Claus when you can. “Being a graduate of this great university makes you luckier than most. Don’t ever take this opportunity as something you deserve. Think of it as a gift you can repay going forward. Trust the universe and fins up!”