The Graduate's Handbook: Your No-Nonsense Guide for What Comes Next

The Graduate's Handbook: Your No-Nonsense Guide for What Comes Next

by Clark Gaither MD


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The most memorable gift you can give to a new graduate is sound advice for a successful life.

In his second book, author Clark Gaither gives his best advice in The Graduate’s Handbook , highlighting the hardest easy lessons he’s ever learned. For a head start on a life of passion and purpose, this gift book imbues graduates with hope, inspiration, motivation, and the truth about living life on life's terms.

The Graduate’s Handbook is more than a thoughtful gift book—it offers insight on careers, procrastination, reality-based living, fear, failure, and relationships. Page after page includes profound quotations from the author himself and dozens of successful authors, philosophers, and historical figures.

“We are glorious creatures of the universe destined to accomplish, to build, to produce, to create, to innovate.”

Graduates can make this book extra special by writing their future goals in the front, which they can look back on years from now to see how far they've come! Each gift book includes an area for inscription to make it a personal gift from you.

Whether you’re buying for a high school or college graduate, this keepsake will guide and teach them for many years to come!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630479237
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 444,810
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Clark Gaither is a public speaker, podcast producer, and author ofPowerful Words. After learning his own hardest easy lessons, Gaither penned his second book, The Graduate’s
, to give insight and direction to new graduates. A well-respected family care physician in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Gaither runs a successful blog called Dr. Burnout, where he helps professionals reignite their liveswith passion and purpose.

Read an Excerpt

Try these seven steps to help you stop procrastinating:

-Remember who you are. Knowing yourself and what you are likely to do when faced with a new project or task is insightful. Vigilance against old behaviors can serve to usher in needed change.

-Establish a routine. Generate a schedule, road map, outline, or strategy for handling a new task and try to stick to it. Practice will make it work.

-Be realistic. Know the limits to what you can do. Don’t try to complete everything at once. Set attainable goals. Don’t overpromise and under deliver. Do just the opposite.

-Scale down tasks. Break up large projects into more manageable portions or segments. Work through them one at a time. Avoid jumping around from piece to piece. Forget multitasking. There is no such thing. It is a myth.

-Ask for help. Good grief, nobody knows everything about everything and none of us is superhuman. If you get stumped or if there is too much for one person to handle, ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness or ineptitude. It means you’re human. All humans need help from time to time. If you uncover a weakness, work on it. That is how we grow, and how we grow is how we gain knowledge. You can also set a weakness aside if it is unnecessary to accomplish your goals. The time may be better spent working on your strengths instead.

-Deadline with a cushion. Build a pre-deadline cushion into your schedule that will offer some leeway for the unexpected. This margin of safety is not to be used up because of stalling. The actual deadline is the hard limit for project completion. A self-imposed pre-deadline cushion is set before the actual deadline and affords some usable margin if needed due to circumstances outside of your control.

-Auto reward. When the task is completed or the project is shipped on time, take time to rest, reflect, and reset for the next project. Oh, and have some fun. If you have worked this list to your advantage, then you’ve earned it.

These seven steps can also apply to the other realms of your life. People procrastinate all of the time on beginning a regular program of exercise. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality depend on balanced efforts within each.

Procrastination can be a major negative force in your life if you choose to let it exert power over you. It is a roadblock for so many. You are the only one who can place it in front of you and you are the only one who can remove it.

Table of Contents



Your Life’s Journey

Purpose and Passion

Life Without Self-Imposed Limits

Suggestions for Reality-Based Living

Self-Interest versus Selfishness


Wonder and Curiosity







I’m Too Tired

I Don’t Have Time

Waiting for the Right Time

Obstacles and Struggle





The Four Realms

Your Mental Realm

Your Emotional Realm

Your Physical Realm

Your Spiritual Realm

You Are an Artist, or Can Be



Decisions, Decisions



Words and Thoughts

Your Core Values


Final Words and Thoughts

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