This is complete contradiction to the "set your goals and do whatever it takes to get there" speech. I'm not saying you shouldn't set goals and that you shouldn't aim for success. The Bible does say "whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" (Col. 3.23). However God also tells us that "many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand" (Pro. 19.21). Don't be so set on your goals that you are unwilling to follow where He leads you.
I guarantee everyone reading this has received at least 1 card that has "Follow your dreams" written on it. If I had followed my "dreams" I would have been a doctor, missionary, songwriter, midwife, author, youth leader, lawyer, senator, teacher, and stay-at-home mom. Get my point? You will have MANY, MANY dreams. God at different times has beautifully woven some of those dreams into my life and I believe some He still will. However many of those were dreams that are not part of my journey and probably never will be. The cool thing is that all of the ones that God has weaved into my life have only been possible by the coordination of the Great Coordinator Himself. He molds your dreams to use you for His glory! Don't miss that!
YOUNG MEN: SAVE SAVE SAVE! You also should consider a future family in your career making decisions. Many men provide their family with extreme luxury but never invest time in them. Whether you feel led to pursue a degree or start working immediately or join the military, begin making provisions now. I hear my husband say to young, single men so often "save your money."
TO BOTH: Obviously you can't base your whole life plan on hoping to find a wife or husband. However if you do desire to have a family one day it is a crazy selfish philosophy the world has given to just think of yourself.
If you just graduated I'm sure you've heard that "your glory days are over." Don't get me wrong, I LOVED high school and it did hold some of the best days of my life! We had an extremely close friend group and I was involved in everything coming and going. BUT every season is what you make of it. Some of the best days have also been in the last five years... examples: moving into college, leading a dear friend to Christ, my first Sunday at LifeHouse, getting engaged, my wonderful wedding day, and sharing my first Christmas with my husband. I also know there are more "best days" to come.