A letter to my 20-year-old self

I read an article today where a director with 20 years experience wrote a letter to her 20-year-old self giving young professionals advice on maneuvering the job hunting world.

I know I don’t have 20 years experience, but even with five years under my belt, I have a bit of advise I would of liked to have given my 20-year-old self.

Stop over analyzing everything

Just because your boss didn’t give you a high-five after you wrote that press release/report/whatever, doesn’t mean he/she doesn’t like your work. Stop looking for constant reassurance that your are good at what you do, believe in yourself.

Always deliver the best work you can and your career will be just fine!

Don’t complain about hard work

Hard work may be hard, but you don’t realize how much you learn under pressure. No one ever got anywhere by only working nine to five and doing mediocre work. Continue to work hard, it will pay off later.

Ask questions

There are so many times in your short little career that problems could have been avoided if you just ASKED questions. Don’t assume anything. If you are unsure ask.

It is not true that asking questions makes you look stupid. In fact, some of the greatest leaders of companies sit in meetings and only ask questions.

Remember, no question is too small, too big or too stupid.

Make mistakes

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes once in a while. Remember you DON’T know everything. Get used to making mistakes now in your early career when the mistakes won’t cost you millions of dollars, your job or more.

You may be embarrassed at first, but with each mistake there is a lesson to be learned. Those lessons will contribute to mature career.

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