Shifting Gears for Graduates

One question every teacher asks of high school and college seniors is ‘What are you going to do when you graduate?’

A better question is ‘What do you want to do when you graduate?’

After 12 or 16 years in school, most students are on autopilot. They had a knack in a particular subject, they enjoyed the high marks as well as the compliments that came from their instructors and parents, and suddenly they’ve chosen a career path meant to last them the rest of their lives.

It’s not unusual that after a few years in that field they find it’s not anything they’d like to do for another year – much less 45 more.

Finding the answer that will lead to happiness is the curiously simple Million Dollar Question: “If you had a million dollars in the bank and no financial worries, what would you do when you woke up tomorrow?”

Deceptively simple, it remains a deep question. What are you going to do for the next 45 years? What are your passions? What would challenge you? What excites you? What ignites you?

It’s more than buying a new car or taking a trip.

When answered honestly, that question can lead to a career where you’ll never work a day in your life — because you love what you’re doing, money or not.

Gary McKechnie

From a life of transition and excitement, Gary McKechnie shares personal experiences and historical insights to show how individuals, businesses, and team members can pursue new possibilities. By helping audiences understand their contributions to business while also honoring an individual debt to themselves, their families, and their communities, his message defines the differences between work and career – and the importance of both. His skill as a master storyteller captivates audiences and turns their apprehension into adrenaline as they establish new goals to transition with confidence through their changing world.