If I could go back in time and give my younger professional-self some career advice, this is what I would say:

  1. Love what you do – You will be more successful if you actually like what you do. Your passion will show through your work, and you will inevitably be more engaged in your work.
  2. Choose business associates wisely – The people you associate with in the workplace do change other’s perception of you. Think about your reputation when selecting business associates.
  3. Manage time wisely – Never waste time at work. Use every minute of your time to maximize opportunities.
  4. Plan for the future – Always keep your eye on your next goal. Plan ahead, and keep the future in mind at all times.
  5. Take risks and learn from mistakes – You will not achieve greatness without taking some risks. Don’t be afraid of taking a risk and making a mistake. If you take a risk and fail, learn from it, and try again.

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