titled, Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get. He makes some
very good points, but I don’t think it applies just to 20-year-olds. I think there are nuggets in the article that apply to everyone. I posted portions of the article previously. (Check the archives) Here is some more of the article along with some of my comments:
“Be the First In & Last to Leave – I give this advice to everyone starting a new job or still in the formative stages of their professional career. You have more ground to make up than everyone else around you, and you do have something to prove. There’s only one sure-fire way to get ahead, and that’s to work harder than all of your peers.”
In addition to learning the business, arriving early and staying late also allows new professional a chance to see what goes on at work, especially when there is more than one shift. For leaders, it sets a good example and work ethic.
I wrote about setting an example in my e-book, Leadership for New Manages: Book Two. It is available at http://smashwords.com//b/300090. Here is what I wrote:
Setting the example means arriving early to work. Leaders cannot tell their associates to be at work at one time while they arrive whenever they want. It also means staying late, seeing what goes on after quitting time. Leaders show that they care.
“Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do – You can’t have a sense of entitlement without a sense of responsibility. You’ll never get ahead by waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Saying ‘nobody asked me to do this’ is a guaranteed recipe for failure. Err on the side of doing too much, not
This is about taking the initiative. In other words, be a self-starter. Sometimes it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
“Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes – You should be making lots of mistakes when you’re early on in your career. But you shouldn’t be defensive about errors in judgment or execution. Stop trying to justify your F-ups. You’re only going to grow by embracing the lessons learned from your
mistakes, and committing to learn from those experiences.”
This is all about being accountable.
“You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked – Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada” would be the most valuable boss you could possibly have. This is the most impressionable, malleable and formative stage of your professional career. Working for someone that demands excellence and pushes your limits every day will build the most solid foundation for your ongoing professional success.”