The 53 Lessons I Wished I Learned (And Embraced) Earlier In My Career
They say it comes with age and experience. And I’d have to agree.
As I mark my 53rd lap around the sun and reflect back on my career, there are lessons I wished I had learned earlier that would have saved me lots of time, worry, and headaches.
Here’s the advice I’d give my younger self:
1. Magnify your impact by sharing your wisdom
Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. But it transforms into something truly powerful when it is shared.
Why? Because all the wisdom in the world is meaningless without application.
Yet many eschew this and choose instead to hoard their insights, fearful of giving them away. They don’t understand a simple truth: sharing your wisdom doesn’t diminish your impact; it amplifies it. And today, the best way to magnify your message is to harness the power and reach of social media.
2. Get your (career) story straight
Everyone has a unique story, but not everyone leverages its power. Properly crafted, your career story helps to differentiate you from your competitors, highlight your value, and to draw others to you. It provides a common thread that weaves together your personal and professional experiences, as well as your transferable skills, making it easy for others to connect the dots. Knowing and being able to articulate your career story clearly is transformative; use it wisely.