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Paul Muschick: Reader shares advice for grads: ‘Be optimistic you can find a solution’

I got a handful of responses to my recent column soliciting advice for high school graduates. Several people told me the 10 tips I offered — including to be yourself, to experiment and to learn how to deal with idiots — were well-done. A few said older people should embrace the suggestions, too.Robert Ockenfuss of Perkasie offered some additional wisdom.He passed along advice he gleaned from “Making a Difference,” a book written by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a disabled jetliner on the Hudson River in 2009 in what became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The tips include:Focus long termWhen a decision needs to be made or a problem needs to be solved, look at it from the long term. Don’t get mired in short-term details. Looking ahead days, months and years is necessary to become a leader.Be optimistic you can find a solutionWhen confronted with obstacles, be confident and recognize there is a way forward. Consider multiple options, and the risk that each entails.Nurture and empower othersThe best leaders create an environment where everyone can thrive. Encourage those around you to be creative. Delegate responsibilities to empower them. Give them room, and trust that they’ll do the job.Morning Call columnist Paul Muschick can be reached at 610-820-6582 or paul.muschick@mcall.comPaul Muschick’s 10 tip for graduates (including learn how to deal with idiots)
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