Dr. Oz Gives Wharton Grads Top 10 Tips for Success and Happiness

This past Sunday, Penn’s Wharton School crowned another batch of new MBA graduates. Dr. Mehmet Oz, the author and TV personality who dispenses advice on a variety of issues related to health and well being, gave this year’s commencement address. In his speech, he offered Wharton grads his “Top 10 Tips for Success and Happiness.”

We admit that our first reaction upon hearing that a TV personality would deliver Wharton’s commencement address was something like “Huh?” But, the advice he gave in his speech was pretty timeless and universal. While there weren’t many MBA-specific nuggets in his address, these grads have spent most of the last two years having MBA-specific knowledge drummed into their heads. So, perhaps some more general “life balance” advice was just what these graduates needed before heading back to the real world.

Without further ado, here are Dr. Oz’s Top 10 Tips for Success and Happiness (taken from a press release):

10. Every day feel productive and challenged in a way tailor made for your unique desires and strengths.
9. Generate an expertise in an area other than the profession in which you earn your living.
8. Develop a system for living your life, meeting challenges and evaluating opportunities.
7. Find a mentor, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and copy their positive attributes.
6. Whatever you choose, do it fully with a passion and child-like enthusiasm.
5. No one is a jerk on purpose. Let people surprise you.
4. Recognize relationships need to keep growing and partners should positively influence each other.
3. Never forget that the body is the temple of the soul.
2. Live in the present. Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.
1. Make the driving force in your life love, even more than wisdom. Humans die, not of darkness, but of cold.

All in all, some good advice that everyone should keep in mind, no matter where they are in their lives or their careers. Stop and smell the roses every now and then… We only get one life on this planet, so don’t be afraid to enjoy it now and then.

(In other news, Dr. Phil will give the commencement address at Columbia next week… Just kidding!)

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