Twenty Something Success
Posted by: Laura Meyer
I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing and inspiring professionals. Through my conversations and my own personal beliefs I have created the twenty something's guide to success.
Rise and Shine
Wake up, go for a run, read an interesting article, or simply meditate and think about what you want to achieve that day. I have yet to meet a successful professional who accomplished big things by hitting the snooze button. When you wake up early you aren't rushed, you have time to relax and enjoy yourself before the craziness of the day.
Mornings are my "me" time. I'll do my laundry, go grocery shopping, cook a delicious breakfast just because and most importantly workout. When I go for runs it is my escape and time to meditate. The streets of NYC are quiet (relatively) and I immediately feel refreshed and ready for the day.
Don't choose a job based off the salary. Look at the whole picture and weigh heavily on the personal capital you will receive from a position.
My definition of personal capital is the ability to learn valuable skills that you need to achieve your ultimate goal. When I was going through the interviewing process I had attractive opportunities, but when I stopped and looked at the whole picture I knew joining DevShop's fellowship was best for me and my goals of one day starting my own company.
Investing in yourself, is the best investment you can possibly make.
Know your self worth
Being from the midwest I'm naturally more passive, but to be successful you have to stand up for yourself and believe in your self worth. It's okay to be aggressive, if done respectfully.
I spoke with a woman who has worked in finance for 15 years. She said that one of her professional regrets when she was younger was she never questioned her pay or bonus, even though she believed she worked harder than what she was being paid.
If you never ask the question, the answer will always be no. Know your self worth, have the guts, and always ask.
Knowing your brain
Spoiler alert... everyone is unique and different. There are introverts, extroverts, optimist, realist, the anxious and the laidback. One of the most important keys to success is knowing your strengths and how you can use the way your brain works to be the most productive and successful version of yourself.
My brain is all over the place. It is constantly turning, making list, and getting distracted. I have to always be doing something. Recognizing this though I know I could never be in a position with a single task. Instead I am able to exploit my strengths. I will work on multiple projects at a time, I stay organized by always making list, and I randomly will have inspiration for a great idea.
Talk to everyone and anyone
Don't be shy to ask anyone for coffee. The best way to learn and be ahead of the game is talking with those more experienced who have insight. Having great mentors is one of the most valuable things a twenty-something can have. Every professional at any age should have a mentor, but as twenty-somethings we are like clay in the process of being sculpted and having the best sculptures give input is what will set you apart.
When is comes to reaching out to everyone and anyone coffee is the best way to meet them, but if they are busy don't be shy to ask for a short phone call. Lead the conversation and learn as much as possible. Get on Linkedin and send connection invitation to people you would love to have a conversation with. Talk to the guy you next to you in the elevator. When you communicate with people you not only learn from what they have to say, but you build a network and a personal brand.