Originally Posted by globetrotter
Seriously though, Globe is a pretty successful dude..
I'll give you a couple random pieces of advice from what I've observed, what's helped me, and what old timers have told me about "our generation".
1) Never forget that you aren't owed shit. I mean this in the best possible way but dudes our age think we're entitled to all kinds of shit, we'll get a $60k job right out of undergrad etc. You aren't and you won't. Just work hard, shit'll fall into place
2) BE ON TIME. For whatever reason, we think its ok to be five minutes late even. No, show up on time.
3) This is something I need to work on but be organized. Have all your shit organized and obviously together will not only help you but it makes you look good.
4) DON'T RELY ON EMAIL FOR COMMUNICATION. Its not as effective as we think. Call people.
5) Letters are incredibly powerful. Someone helped you out in a big way? Write them a letter. You just want to be nice? Write a letter. I'm absolutely serious if you put something on letterhead folk will be incredibly touched and want to do more for you next time. Google letter etiquette for proper format or get a book.
6) Always have a hard copy of something to read. This is just life advice I've found to be helpful. Trust me.
7) Just work hard, look neat, help out, don't be afraid of taking on work and helping out.
8) Can't do a task/work on something? Look at what's coming up and say "I can't do X now, but Y and Z later I can help on and would be happy to etc"
9) You aren't above anything.
10) Work hard.
11) This is probably the stupidest most useless generation ever.
12) Good luck.
13) Balancing life/work/everything else: You'll figure it out. Its not as hard as it seems. I'm in bed by 9 most nights, asleep by 10 at the absolute latest, up before 6 at work by 7/730. You'll figure it out.
14) Savings--do what you can. To start, see if you can save the equivalent of one hour's pay a week, step up from there. Find a Roth IRA add to it what you can. They say have 3 months living expenses in a savings account before investing. I say nine months is what you need. When you have that and a good IRA account, talk to a planner about doing more.
15) There aren't really too many mysteries or that much shit to figure out. You'll know pretty quickly how to strike a balance between work and living pretty quickly. If not, there was never much hope for you to begin with... saving is kind of easy... and work hard, never think you are above anything, help out, shit will be as good as you can get.