Thursday, July 06, 2006

Advice for the Young

What would you tell a young person who is just embarking upon a career?

Here are a few things I've picked up via scars, stomach punches, and some very wise mentors:

  • Always check your assumptions. Then check them again.
  • The path up is sometimes backwards and sideways.
  • Set-backs pass. Most of your worries aren't worth worrying about.
  • If you are angry, give yourself time to calm down and don't put it in writing.
  • Not every comment deserves a response.
  • Learn to be discreet. There are enemies who will exploit unguarded remarks.
  • Watch out for hurried agreement. It can be as dangerous as hidden conflict.
  • Systems aren't for bureaucrats. They're for winners.
  • Strive to do good work, but don't be a perfectionist. Get it done.
  • Take time out to schmooze.
  • Listen carefully to dissenters.
  • Don't be too logical. Reason is not the only force out there.
  • You're a good person. Live like a good person.
  • You'll make a lot of mistakes. Be willing to forgive yourself as you would forgive others.
  • Smart work is better than hard work, but hard work sure beats sloth.
  • Build a network of advisors and use it.
  • Study people. They're an essential subject.

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