I often receive numerous messages on LinkedIn and Instagram seeking career advice, and reflecting on my own experiences, here are 8 crucial pieces of wisdom I wish I had known when I was in my 20s:

  1. Be the Solution Provider:
    Early in your career, you'll encounter tasks that seem daunting. Become the person who can figure things out. You can approach challenges proactively, ask the right questions and complete the tasks. Your ability to solve problems will make you indispensable.
  2. Cultivate a Reputation for Reliability:
    One of the most valuable attributes is reliability. Simply being someone people can depend on to show up and get the job done is a priceless asset. Establish a reputation for consistency - it costs nothing but pays off immensely.
  3. Prioritise Hard Work First, Smart Work Later:
    While working smart is important, don't underestimate the power of hard work. Please dedicate yourself to putting in the effort early in your career. Once you've built a strong work ethic, you can leverage it to work more intelligently.
  4. Master the Art of Storytelling:
    Successful leaders aren't necessarily the smartest; they excel in effectively aggregating and communicating data. Develop your storytelling skillsβ€”transform complex information into a compelling narrative. This skill will always make you valuable.
  5. "Swallow the Frog" for Your Boss:
    Could you identify tasks your boss dislikes, learn to handle them quickly, and take them off their plate? This simple strategy can propel your career forward, earning you recognition and trust.
  6. Embrace the Power of "Yes":
    Say "yes" to opportunities that come your way. While it may be challenging, being a "yes" person expands your luck surface area. The benefits of increased luck outweigh the temporary challenges of feeling stretched. However, there will be stages and opportunities where it will become better to say "no" and entirely focus on the highest order bits with the biggest leverage for your career or business.
  7. Early Mornings and Exercise Set the Tone:
    Start your day by waking up early and working out. This small yet impactful act establishes a winning mindset that resonates throughout your day. There's no substitute for the confidence gained from doing hard things early in the morning.
  8. Dive Through Cracked Doors:
    When someone presents an opportunity, don't hesitate - dive through that cracked door. Betting on people with such energy often leads to unexpected opportunities and personal growth.

These insights, learned through experience, can guide you in navigating the early stages of your career and positioning yourself for success.

I hope that helps you accelerate your career!