14 Things Every Young Professional Should Know About Life and Business
Although I’ve been out of University for a few years, I didn’t fully grasp the challenges that young professionals are having until the last year or two. After chatting with friends, colleagues and acquaintances, it has become very clear that young professionals are living in a different world than their parents.
Notes that careful thinking, planning, and strategizing are essential to success:
- Maximize time as your most valuable commodity. Think as an entrepreneur who delegates lower level tasks to valued employees who can be trusted. Your time is reserved for high order operations.
- Be bold and ask questions. Much of your time can be wasted as you begin with misunderstandings, and situations you are unfamiliar with. Rather than waste time, just ask straightforward questions to get at the heart of matter. Save time by asking smart questions that let you know if a situation is worth your time.
- Maintain perspective and remember that you are humble, not on top. Adults stereotype the upcoming generation with tags like "egoistic." They are right, and you are wise to remember that you are working your way up from the bottom.
- Screw ups will come quick, but learn faster than your failures. Identify the problem, the causes, and the effects and learn the lesson immediately. Learn the lesson well so that you don't waste time with old missteps.
- Study what the big names in your industry, and pick up on niches that they miss or don't exploit fully. Find an opening for yourself in the sea of talented businessmen and seize the moment to make your mark.
- Monitor your money closely because it will be tight. Fatal errors can be made by spending loosely.
- Construct solid networks and build your brand reputation. Silly things like grades don't matter anymore, what counts is what you can accomplish. Seek people who produce and work rather than flash.
- Avoid overt self promotion which diminishes your brand image. Your brand image must be earned with hard work.
- Be realistic but patient. Think hard about when it's time to quit or expand. Both moves require guts, but more importantly, they require intelligence.
- As you build your brand, remember that your word is your bond with your community and you must always live up to it. One failure can destroy reputation.
- Do not deceive yourself with the belief that things will work out if you only persist. Things will work out if you have the power to make them work out.
- Conceive your business as one with multiple revenue streams, and always be working to nurture solid streams and create new ones. Don't conceive of your business as one thing.
- Be very careful to create your own business story, rather than following in line with tradition. Innovators break traditions and try things in new ways. Establish your own goals and create your own vision.
- Your greatest asset is your mind, and you should care for it like the treasure it is. Mental issues are significant and we face them daily. Care for your brain and mental health: exercise, take care of it, and stay sane. Your business will fail if you cannot find a mental equilibrium that maintains stasis and health. The same goes for your body.
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