5 Tips For The Graduates

If You Say That Right It Rhymes

This week two of my long time private guitar students graduated high school. One is going into audio engineering and the other is going to do some kind of engineering that actually makes money. (Just kidding, Bay).  It got me thinking about all our graduating Worship Artistry members, so I thought I’d pass along some tips to help you make the most of this next phase of life. It’s not all music-related, but it’s definitely all awesome-related.

5. You Get To Make A Choice

Nobody knows you in college and that means you get to decide who you want to be. It’s like getting to hit the reset button. Take everything you’ve learned to this point and choose to be the best version of yourself.

4. Be Ready

Some people want to see a door open before they put in the work, but every moment before an opportunity is a chance for God to prepare you for it. Let Him. You’ll not only be ready when the moment arrives, but you’ll recognize it when it does. Speaking of opportunities…

Every moment before an opportunity is a chance for God to prepare you for it.

3. Get In The Mix

Studying and classes are great but music (and every other profession in the world) is about who you know. Take every opportunity to hang around people who excel in your area of interest. Make a good impression. Stay in touch. You never know when that connection can turn into something more.

2. Passion Isn't Enough

True passion yields hard work. Passion + Hard Work = SUCCESS. That’s the only math equation you’ll ever need to know. Siri can pretty much handle everything else.

Anyone who tells you WHAT to think is trying to sell you something.

1. Be A Thinker

Have you noticed most of our podcasts are titled “How To Think About [insert awesome worship topic here]”? College isn’t about learning what to think. It’s about learning HOW to think. Anyone who tells you what to think is probably trying to sell you something.


Congratulations! Now you can skip college because you know everything! Seriously though, well done. We pray blessing on you and hope you continue to hang out and grow your skills on Worship Artistry. After all, being a musician is hot. (Is that what the kids are saying nowadays?)

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

5 Tips For The Graduates

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Always insightful

Great post! I couldn't agree more. There are a million things which could be said at this point in a young person's life and I remember the most impactful ones for me. In essences, they could all be distilled down and found within this post. Young people, take note! You can have wisdom and youth together at the same time. What a gift!

Boy, I WISH my friends were

Boy, I WISH my friends were saying that nowadays. Now what's hot is how well you can play sports LOL. But really, awesome post. especially the part about the only math equation you'll ever need being "Passion + Hardwork= SUCCESS".