This time of year means graduations, whether it's high school, college or preschool.

Us older folks seem to like to dispense advice to those graduating. Maybe it's because we don't want them to make the same mistakes we did -- or maybe we just want better for them. Whatever the reason, you can always find someone with a word of advice for a grad.

Here's what I've told my two older boys, Mathew, 21, and Benjamin, 20.

  • "Find what you love and are good at. Then, figure out a way to make money at it."
  • "Travel and do all the things you want to do before you get married and have kids."
  • "Make a difference in the world."
  • "Don't let fear keep you from doing anything. Fear can cripple you."
  • "Vote."
  • "Be kind."
  • "Volunteer and give back."

Now I know when I was young, I thought anyone older giving me advice didn't know what they were talking about. Looking back, that was dumb. So listen up, grads!

What advice do you have for grads?