Message from the Superintendent: Class of 2016 Commencement Speech

DSC_0215Superintendent Isaac G. Joseph shared the following message with the JPPSS Class of 2016 during commencement ceremonies across Jefferson Parish.

I told last year’s graduates to always remember their “why.” I encouraged them to find that foundational reason behind their passions and interests in life. Your “why” goes deeper than “I want to make a lot of money,” or “I want to own a lot of nice things.” Your “why” is a personal belief that unearths your calling and moves you to act.

I urge you to find your “why.” But today I want to talk about the next step. It’s the difference between simply having dreams…and actually living those dreams out.

Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

It’s important to dream. Set grand goals. But follow those goals with regular, focused actions.

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Steven Covey introduces the Law of the Farm. He wrote “The only thing that endures over time is the ‘Law of the Farm.’ You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water if you expect to reap the harvest.”

On the farm, there are no shortcuts. You can’t cram at the last minute and expect a crop to grow. Success comes from daily, disciplined effort.

Find your why…set your goals…develop a plan to get there…and do the work!

The people who truly set themselves apart from the pack are those with the discipline to turn those big ideas into successful actions.

Congratulations and good luck Class of 2016!