Giving our younger selves advice is a trend that has caught on. We all wish we had done things a bit differently, don’t we? If only we had a time machine for one journey so as to meet with our younger selves. Now, if there’s anything that’s true, this would be most handy when it came to career advice.
Career advice that could apply to us all even if these are thoughts have been compiled by a
person in their fifties.
Here are 5 pieces of career advice that should benefit most people in their twenties:
1: Treat Your Career Like a Marathon, Not a Sprint
There’s a tendency to rush when we are younger–definitely because we’re impatient at that
age. Unfortunately, that’s the wrong way to go about things since your career should be viewed on a long-term basis. Much like a marathon. Sprinting too hard will make you feel resentful towards work or even wear you out as a result. Make sure you breathe and grow with your work. Take your time and in time, you will get good at your work too.
In fact, if you do take things really slow, sometimes you’ll be able to view aspects of this journey that wouldn’t be possible if you were rushing around.
2: Success comes from repetition, not doing new things
Almost everyone will agree that success comes this way be it Bill Gates and the Beatles and so on and so forth. In fact, Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers says that you need to spend 10,000 hours in order to become an expert at it.
So, the idea is to become very good at a couple of things before you move on to the next new
thing. No matter what you think, genuine expertise belong to only a few people. Not only do they have the patience to see it through but also maintain a long-term view as well. Also, if you love what you do, be sure never to leave it.
3: Don’t spend your life away at the office
Nobody wishes they had spent more time at the office when they’re dying. While this seems
obvious, there are times when we make this mistake for the silliest reasons. Some reasons
would involve school sport days or even your children being appreciated and recognised for
something. If you understand this at 25, then you’ll know when to prioritise work and your
personal commitments too.
In hindsight, you might remember every one of those events you missed but not necessarily why.
4: Balance Career Advice with Personal Life
Don’t worry about your career if you have the necessary skills, passion and commitment. This is especially if you have young children but applies equally to both men and women. Time flies by quickly and spending it with your children means you getonly one chance.
Apart from this, you only get one chance to learn from them. In fact, they tend to teach you
much more than you will teach them. One way by which this is possible is that they help you see the world as you did as a child for the second time. You’ll miss out terribly if you don’t spend time with them but prefer to stay at work.
5: Act Like You’re 35
It doesn’t matter what age you are–always act as if you are 35 years old. If you are actually younger, then don’t act like a novice. If you are smart and competent, then you should act maturely and get to working on the task in the best way possible.
Of course, if you are much older than 35, don’t act like it. It’s vital that you approach the day with a sense of youthfulness. For this, you have to be inspired enough.