10 things I have learnt from my 2 year career stint!

  1. Apart from jobs like academic professions like medicine or law, job requirements are largely negotiable — you just have to prove that you can bring value to the table. Be willing to “break the rules” a bit.
  2. The combination of believing that you can get to almost wherever you want to be, having discipline, and having insecurity about where you are is the formula for a successful, impactful career. Embrace that feeling of inadequacy. Keep learning.
  3. What’s realistic for you is entirely predicated on what you’ve been exposed to. We all fear what we do not understand. Once you have been exposed to it and understand it, it’s not scary anymore. Follow successful people, read their books, listen to their interviews, study what they did to get where they are — and eventually, those crazy unrealistic dreams will become realistic for you.
  4. Do what you enjoy doing, and be great at it. Everything else will come.
  5. Surrounding yourself with the right people could lead to more opportunities than any company could ever give you.
  6. Be patient. Don’t be afraid to take one step back today to take two steps forward tomorrow.
  7. In the beginning of your career, your technical skills matter the most.You get tested on how well you can use excel, or write code, or design products, etc.But as time goes on, those technical skills start to matter less. How you interact with people starts to matter a lot more. And it’s true, being good at what you do matters. But you need much more than that. You need to know how to navigate the world of office politics. You need to figure out how to add value outside of your role.You need to figure out what your company needs, and give it to them — even if they don’t tell you what it is. Network constantly and learn to sell yourself.
  8. Real education starts after college. Successful people read as much as one book a week sometimes. They listen to podcasts. They go to conferences. They read research papers. They talk to other people who are doing big things.That’s how they’re able to “connect the dots” between seemingly unrelated subjects, and use that insight to land more opportunities.
  9. Always get more exposure. After you accomplish anything professionally, get online and write about it.Help someone who was once in your shoes trying to figure things out.Exposure builds credibility.The bigger the audience you have, the more people will take you seriously.
  10. Someone who expects to be “set for life” after getting a job at a brand name company is probably screwed. No job is objectively good or bad. It’s what you make of it.

Finally,

Alex Banayan said it best:

“[All highly successful people] treat life, business, and success… just like a nightclub.

There are always three ways in.

There’s the First Door, where 99% of people wait in line,hoping to get in.

There’s the Second Door, where billionaires and royalty slip through.

But then there is always, always… the Third Door. It’s the entrance where you have to jump out of line, run down the alley, climb over the dumpster, bang on the door a hundred times, crack open the window, and sneak through kitchen. But there’s always a way in.

Whether it’s how Bill Gates sold his first piece of software, or how Steven Spielberg became the youngest director at a major studio in Hollywood — they all took the Third Door.” — Alex Banayan

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