Advice to Your Younger Self
Joseph Campbell authored an impactful book entitled The Power of Myth. In it, he writes how it is important for the Master to take the time to re-visit the basic principles, as if a novice once again. And, so, it is that we benefit from re-visiting lessons learned. From honest reflection, we can grow in the direction that works best for us.
Interestingly, I’ve found that nearly all of the reflections I’ve garnered from professionals comprise sage advice for our “younger selves,” a.k.a. entry-level workforce. The detriment is: these reflections sans experience or context may sound like conundrums, riddles, or trite adages. This is where serving as Mentors to younger professionals is useful.
I recently asked my professional colleagues: Knowing how your career has developed, what’s one great piece of advice you would offer your younger self — if you could — just as you were embarking upon your career?
Here is what they said:
Be true to yourself and believe in yourself. – Lynne Brown
Value curiosity over the need to prove you have the answer and always first pursue joy and purpose in whatever you do. – Joel Hasenwinkel
Understand and pursue your passions. Don’t be afraid to take risks. – Michael Brasher
Every career move need not result in growth but should give you diverse exposure….along the way, build a network of mentors and sponsors. – Johnson Dammu
Patience. Put in the hard work, years and years of it. It will be recognized, and additional opportunities will come. But, know…it likely won’t happen as fast as your 25-year old self wants. – Mark Haden
Welcome the feedback. It will help you grow, if you are true to yourself. – Gabe Ramirez
I would say watch for the subtle, positive shifts, give yourself more credit for what you can do and surround yourself with people who want to grow and learn. – Denise Murray
To make the world a better place, the least one can offer is to share the best of our experiences forward.
“He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who knows that he doesn’t know, knows. For in this context, to know is not to know. And not to know is to know.”
Rossina Gil, MSOD, MAIS, is a Global Leadership and Organization Development Practitioner, and the founder of Corporate Looking Glass, LLC – a diverse consultancy of OD experts and strategic thinking partners. She is the author of The Corporate Looking Glass: Using Culture for Your Competitive Advantage. We increase retention. Visit CorporateLookingGlass.com.