It’s that time of year when people celebrate graduations. They are happening everywhere. Young people are fulfilling a promise they made either to themselves or to their families. Conversely, many families are seeing the fruits of a promise they might have made to their children. As with any other major life event, graduations are a two sided. They represent an end and a beginning all at the same time.

Whether you are graduating High School or College, a milestone has been met. You have completed a promise that you made. For some people keeping such a promise is easier to do if they made the commitment to someone else. A lot of times at graduations you will hear some of the graduates give credit to a family member for being their inspiration. I remember a couple of years ago when my daughter graduated High School. One of the young men in her class was the first in his family to graduate. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place as the principal told his story.

His family immigrated here from the Dominican Republic when he was ten. Within one year he was speaking and writing in English. By the time he entered high school he was in the top ten of his class. At the senior awards night he captured eight scholarships. Even though they were for small amounts of money you would have though he had one the largest lottery prize ever. His family had very little money as both parents worked jobs making minimum wage. The suit he wore to graduation was something his parents saved up for. It took them the better part of a year to afford his graduation outfit.

One day when the principal asked this young man what made him keep going, he said it was his parents determination that he have a better future. Upon graduating High School he promised his parents that he would not only attend college in the fall but he would graduate at the top of his class.

His promise to his family will have far greater implications that the admiration of his parents. He will be the recipient of better employment prospects, because of his mindset. Attending school and graduating in of itself is only one component to having the life that you seek. It takes an attitude that says I will do whatever it takes to make it! Keeping that promise can be more difficult than it appears. But it can be done. Keep that promise no matter who you have to commit to!