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The career advice no one tells you
Most people have "okay" jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There's nothing wrong with this. But some people perform at a totally different level.

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Negotiable job requirements

Apart from jobs in academic professions, like medicine or law, job requirements are largely negotiable — you just have to prove that you can bring value to the table.

People who aren’t...

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Impostor syndrome as a good thing

Embrace that feeling of inadequacy.

The combination of believing that you can get to almost wherever you want to be, having discipline, and having insecurity about where you are is the...

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What’s “realistic” for you

... is entirely predicated on what you’ve been exposed to. There are so many things in life you take for granted that someone else would think is crazy and unrealistic.

Work alongside th...

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Career picking criteria

Don’t pick a career based on “average salaries” or employment numbers. When you’re striving to be great at what you do, the “averages” don’t matter.

When it comes to any field, the peo...

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Pick a boss, not a company

Surrounding yourself with the right people could lead to more opportunities than any company could ever give you.

Not only will you learn a ridiculous amount just by being around succe...

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Advancing in your career

In the beginning of your career, your technical skills matter the most. But as time goes on, those technical skills start to matter less. How you interact with people starts to matter a lot more...

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Real education starts after the formal one

The real education begins after college. Everything you’ve learned in class is largely worthless in the real world.

Successful people read books and research papers, listen to podcasts...

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Exposure builds credibility

After you accomplish anything professionally, get online and write about it. Help someone who was once in your shoes trying to figure things out.

The bigger the audience you have, the more...

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Stand out from the crowd

No one gets extraordinary opportunities by taking the same approach everyone else takes.

The name of the game is noticing the ‘unspoken rules’ around you, and giving people what they want bef...

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Over-analyzing information

To overthink a decision may cause you to miss time-sensitive opportunities.

Whether it’s due to fear or perfectionism, being indecisive and taking too much time to gather information not only affects the productivity of your business, but it also damages your employees’ confidence in you as a leader.

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