10 Things I Know Now (That I Wish I'd Known When I Was 22)

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It's okay to make mistakes. Embrace the fact that you're going to make them on the job and try not to beat yourself up for them or allow fear to stop you from taking risks.

  • How you handle making a mistake is more important than the actual mistake. Admit it, come up with a way to fix it, and then move on.

  • If you think something is broken, propose a solution instead of complaining about it. Squeaky wheels may get the grease, but it's the new idea that is really rewarded over the long haul.



  • No one is perfect...not even your boss. Not even you and especially not your managers. Remember, they're real people, too.

  • Really good bosses are few and far between. Cherish them, learn from them, and emulate them!

  • The vast majority of your bosses really do want to help you. Maintain relationships wherever possible, because it's a funny thing how your bosses tend to get smarter the older you get.

  • You can actually learn a lot from a bad manager. Identify attributes that aren't successful so you can learn from others' mistakes.

  • Build a reciprocal network of mentors in your career. Look for different voices for advice and guidance, and look for opportunities to become a mentor and coach others.

  • Don't believe everything you hear about your manager/job/company. Make up your own mind based on your own experiences instead of allowing other people's experiences to color your own.

  • You cannot be replaced in two weeks. Unless you're a factory worker or you work at a Wendy's, try to give more than two weeks' notice.
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Laura Grimmer is the CEO of Articulate Communications, Inc., a technology and business-to-business public relations firm. For additional information about the firm or the networking organizations mentioned in this article, please contact her at lgrimmer@articulatepr.com or at 212-255-0080, ext. 10.
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