What advice would you give your 20 year old self? That's the key question LinkedIn asked people recently. Jessica Stillman of Inc.com reported on the results. She described the most common theme to emerge from the responses:
What do all of these replies have in common? Each focuses on action, experimentation, and course correction rather than pre-planning and rigid goals. The right way to make the most of your career, commentator after commentator insisted, isn't to have a grand blueprint or follow a pre-arranged path. Instead it's to just get started, learn along the way, and keep moving forward. Action beats endless deliberation any day.
Stillman quotes several of the folks who responded to LinkedIn's question:
Executive coachTracy Wilk. "Careers are long. There's no need for a mad rush to find the ideal job. The first part (i.e., 10+ years) of your career is about testing multiple jobs and understanding what you like/dislike and are good and bad at."