Some advice for new high school graduates Everyone is quick to offer advice to the new graduate. And everyone has a personal definition of success. The truth is there are no specific steps that assure success in life. There is hard work, perseverance, staying focused and looking for opportunities. But there will be no knock on the door to let you know an opportunity awaits. Amid the joy of graduation and the strain of deciding what to do next, here are a few words of advice for you from people who have been there. * "Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself." By Mark Cooper * Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere." By Erma Bombeck * "Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." By Arnold Schwarzenegger. * "You will never have more energy, enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today." By Tom and Ray Magliozzi. * "Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they're open." By Thomas Dewar. * "God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars." By Elbert Hubbard. * If you're picking your best friend based on what kind of clothes she wears or how popular she is, chances are you aren't going to stay in touch after graduation." By Renee Olstead. * " So long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you're on the right track." By Ed Helms. * "Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there." By Will Rogers. * " If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of payments." By Earl Wilson. Congratulations, graduates. Have a good time and a wonderful life.