I was recently invited to share my thoughts for an upcoming article on career advice for a well-known site (I don’t know if I’m supposed to be posting this out there before it goes live, but oh well! Don’t tell on me! ;)), and thought maybe you’d get something out of this too.
Here were the 3 questions I was asked:
What one piece of career advice would you give to a young professional?
Find something that you REALLY want to be good at – even if it’s something small – and then just do whatever it takes to rock it. Immerse yourself in books/blogs/networking, whatever it takes to really own that skill. It’s okay to be decent at a whole bunch of things, but being the BEST at one where your name is the first that’s associated with it can pay off immensely. You want people to start adjective-izing your name just like Google has managed to do!
How do you make the time to follow your passion?
You hustle your sweet little a$$es off and get busy early in the morning, during lunch breaks, other breaks, and then at night too – whatever it takes. Everyone has the same amount of hours in the day, but it’s all in prioritizing what’s important to you. And if you really do love this passion of yours, then it’s not like you’re really “working” anyways ;)
If there’s one secret to networking, what is it?
Being nice. And/or funny – that usually helps :) No matter how successful or not someone is, at the end of the day we’re all PEOPLE. And those things that draw us closer to each other are uniformly the same – it just doesn’t appear so when mixed with business or reaching out/etc/etc.
I once heard from someone to just always pretend you’re on the dance floor trying to get someone’s attention. What do you do? Make a little joke? Find some small thing you have in common? Be a nice guy? All this applies to connecting off the dance floor too – only without the spilling of beer and loud music.
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