Hospitality Professionals: Lessons from a High School Graduation


By Doug Baarman

Recently, I had the pleasure of stepping away from my meeting and event planning world to enjoy my daughter’s high school graduation.

Graduation is defined as: “a person who successfully completed a course of study or training.” From my personal experience, it is a time of transition in our lives; an ending and a beginning at the same moment.

As I listened to the speakers during her ceremony and reflected on my high school graduation, I had a few thoughts:

  • On graduation day, we are full of hope and have big dreams for our future.
  • We have the energy and passion to pursue these goals.
  • We are confident that nothing will stand in our way and we will achieve our dreams.
  • We promise to stay positive and pick ourselves up when we fall short of our goals.
  • On graduation day, we embrace the responsibility that is given us during this transition.

Often times as we progress through life, we get caught up in being ‘busy’ and forget the hope, energy, confidence, promise and responsibility that we had on graduation day. As professionals in the hospitality industry, are we still full of hope and pursuing our dreams with energy and passion? Are we confident in what we are doing, keeping our promises and accepting the responsibilities given us? 

2 thoughts on “Hospitality Professionals: Lessons from a High School Graduation

  • June 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Doug, I love your comments. We are in the hospitality business, we have to be upbeat, positive and truly must love our jobs to be effective. After having my own business for 20 years, I can say I still look forward to working with my clients, finding new clients and am still passionate about my company.

    We all have highs and lows, but if you are enjoying what you are doing, you can hang in their during the low times, knowing the good times will come back around. It takes perseverance and dedication 100% of the time.

    To stay passionate and positive, your business can never be about the money but about your clients and meeting their needs.

    Thanks for sharing this article!

  • July 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Great article Doug – really enjoyed it! Congrats on your daughters graduation!


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