If I could go back in a time machine and talk to my younger-self, this is what I would say
Do not work for people who you do not respect or do not trust. Work for people who you like and who you can learn from.
Do not work in places driven by corporate politics. They will fail anyway and take you with them.
Do not put up with BS and dishonesty. Full Stop.
Do not be afraid to speak for yourself or for your team. Life is full of 2nd chances, but here is where you may not get a second chance. If you can not speak up without putting your career in jeopardy, you are in a wrong job.
Of all the faults, fear is one of the worst. Fear to say what is right, to do what is proper, to try something new, to speak the truth.
Career is a marathon run – persistence, determination and hard work.
People are not commodities. Respect them, Trust them.
You are as good as your team. It is not what your team can do for you, it is what you can do for your team.
Opposing opinions and negative feedback are very valuable ! Positive feedback makes us feel good, negative feedback makes us learn. Never stop learning.
Worry saps the energy of today without contributing anything to tomorrow.
Your loved ones and your health are more important than your work. To succeed at work and to fail at home is to fail completely. Jobs come and go, loved ones are for life.
Life is too short not to do what you love.
It is much easier to give advice then to follow it.
Which is why I would stop here by saying to my younger self –
“If there is one thing to take away, it is this one.
Do not let setbacks to ever discourage you from moving forward, from trying new things, from making new friends.
Never stop believing in yourself“.
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