- LinkedIn asked its Twitter followers Monday to share advice to “your 20-year-old self.”
- People from all sorts of backgrounds and experiences offered up their best thoughts.
- The biggest takeaways? “Don’t be afraid to fail” and “say yes” to as many opportunities as you can.
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Stepping out into the business world for the first time can be scary and new college grads can easily feel overwhelmed.
On Monday, LinkedIn posted on Twitter asking for the best piece of advice you could give “to your 20-year-old self,” and over 400 responses came pouring in from people of all different backgrounds and workplaces.
—LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) July 12, 2021
We sifted through to come up with ones that represent the 10 most common, or most interesting, replies:
“Don’t spend so much time planning and researching the perfect career path – you don’t know what ‘work’ is yet anyway,” tweeted Max Korpinen, co-founder of Hireproof.
“It’s ok to fail. You learn and grow more from your failures than your successes,” wrote Josh Rangel, a senior vice president at Golin Global.
“Confidence is attractive to everyone – so stop selling yourself short,” Whitney Hoffman, a senior digital strategist at Mingl Marketing Group, offered.
“Never forget your loved ones. All the fame and fortune in the world can’t replace them,” tweeted Nokolaj Opstrup, chief development officer of Bonnier Publications.
“Learn how to negotiate: your salary, the work you do, your title,” wrote DA Ledger, a Salesforce dev lead, who also advised to avoid burnout by learning “how much work to take on.”
“Say yes to opportunities that seem scary. You’ll figure it out,” offered Tyler King, a design researcher and strategist at IBM.
“Don’t hate this job; it’s going to open more doors for you than you can imagine right now,” says Sadaf Shaikf, president of Caras Consulting.
“Explore a lot, eliminate things that don’t bring out joy in you,” recommends Ayush Agarwal, a public speaking coach.
“Simply start. Don’t wait to ‘know more,’ don’t wait for the perfect job, don’t wait to know what you want to do before you even start,” suggested Dalila Bonomi, a qualitative design researcher.
Most importantly, according to Ryan Hansen, a social media coordinator and healthcare advocate, “you’re ‘older’ far longer than you’re ‘younger,’ so focus a little more on finding what you love and chase it.”