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Yes, I am 28 years old. Now, what does that mean?

It just means...

That I am in my late 20s

That I am qualified for a lot of things, one of which includes doling out free advice ;).

Okay, let's cut to the chase now.

I began my career as a part-time copywriter in a small advertising company more than a decade back when I was still in college. During my career, I've met all kinds of people - ones who were passionate, not-so passionate, good-natured folks, jerks, well-mannered, the flirty ones, and most importantly, genuine people.

But, in hindsight, how I wish someone had prepared for what I was about to face. Dealing with so many different personalities is not easy. That's why I'd like to talk to all of you who's just on the cusp of beginning your adventurous journey.

#1 - You're no lesser than anybody else.

When you walk into a meeting room, you don't have to get intimidated by anybody in the room. For all you know, you might be the youngest or the newest - no matter what domain/industry/technology you are in - even then - remember that you can add value to what is happening in the room.

If YOU do not embrace yourself, who else will?

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#2 - Don't be an idiot.

At the same time, don't assume you know everything that you have to know. Don't be an idiot who has nothing else to learn under the sun, I usually find these idiots real fast, because I use to be one! Shed that cocky cloak that you adorned back in the day when you were amongst your friends. Be open to sarcasm from the long-timers.

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#3 - Every boss has a boss.

Never get intimidated with titles and let people take advantage of you. Most leaders having big titles are genuine folks and are always at hand to guide you. Remember to stand up to things that you believe in.

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#4 - Consistency is key.

Don't change your opinion too often. The more you are consistent about expressing yourself, people will heed your opinion. At the same time, be careful with the story you tell about yourself.

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#5 - People don't have to 'Like' you.

There is a difference between people liking you and people valuing you. If you're trying to please everyone, I can assure you will not get anywhere. Instead, focus on people valuing you. Share your idea even if your manager has a different approach; it helps 'branding' yourself early. If you don't create your brand, someone else will and put a wrong sticker to it.

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#6 - Let go of 'those' friends.

I don't wish to sound rude, but if there's one thing that you can take away from this article, it is this one! If your friends are going to speak about Netflix movies and Friday nights all the time, you'll never have a good conversation with them. Surround yourself with people who want to grow. At the same time, hanging around with people who have fixed mindsets will result in you becoming one of them.

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#7- Failure is NOT a badge of honor.

Today, failure is overtly celebrated, which I think is utter nonsense. Learning from your mistakes does not happen by itself - it needs deep introspection. Stop showing off your failed start-up as a badge of honor, instead talk about what you learned out of it.

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#8 - Find your mentor.

I missed a mentor early on in my career. Being a mentor requires commitment from both sides. Remember, mentors are not the nicest people around. My mentors puncture my ego now and then, and that's the best thing I like about them!

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#9 - Invest in yourself.

Last but not the least important, focus on investing in YOURSELF rather than spending on yourself. Invest in a skill, an alternate career, or on your passion. It will pay you rich dividends when the time comes.

Are you in your late 20s, 30s or 40s? What's that one piece of advice you'd give to your younger self?

Have a friend in early 20s, share it with them :)

You may also like my other articles relevant to this,

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Why mentors are not very nice people?

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