“One thing I want to make sure young people everywhere know is that it doesn’t matter where you grow up, or whether you go to a big or small college, everyone who works hard and keeps their eyes and ears open at all times for opportunities can and will succeed.” Dana Perino on Facebook in response to questions raised to “The Five” about her career. I hope everyone gets this message, especially young people starting out in their careers! From my own experience I know it is true as it is how I got ahead in spite of some personal obstacles. I did it by finding problems and solving them; that brought opportunity. The internal auditor manager at Norwest told us to keep our “antenna” up at all times when performing audits, similar advice. The ones who did that found things that others missed when they just did audits on a perfunctory basis, i.e. just filling in the audit forms. Guess what? The ones who were curious and found problems were the ones that were promoted! Along with the discovery they also provided solutions which was even better. Business is a very competitive these days, we all know this. That also means that an individual must also be competitive and compete with others to get the jobs and advancement they desire. (Not ruthlessly; teamwork is also important) I highly recommend to young people out of college that they get started in something and distinguish themselves in the job. Then by keeping eyes and ears open to opportunities they will find success. Thanks Dana for pointing this out!
I have a couple examples of this in another article: http://robseverson.com/success-stories-people/