This Google Exec's Best Career Advice for 20-Somethings May Surprise You
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Because the mentorship and advice of someone you respect is so important, we’re always culling the best bits of wisdom from successful entrepreneurs, bosses of the world, and everyone in between (hi, Victoria Beckham!). Well, here’s some more.
Recently, Google executive Ivy Ross, head of Project Aura, the company’s secretive wearables branch, shared with Business Insider her top takeaways for 20-somethings still in the early stages of their careers.
First, she says, do away with ego. We’re not talking about confidence (which we think is important to nurture if you’re hoping to achieve your goals). Ego, rather, is the driving force that propels us to work toward things that will make us appear impressive or that will garner us positive reinforcement, but that won’t necessarily satisfy us on a deeper level. Whether it comes from preemptively dismantling ego (hard work, admittedly!) or going after whatever haughty goal you’ve set for yourself and then moving on, setting the notion aside lets you pursue things that more authentically matter to you.
Once you have satisfied your ego and no longer care to impress the world, you can refocus on the missions that inspire you anew.
Second—and this will come as a challenge to type-A strategists—stop obsessing over your five-year plan. That’s right! Ross urges 20-somethings to proceed without a plan. During the Fashion Institute of Technology commencement ceremony for which Ross was the keynote speaker, she shared that now, more than ever, these five-year outlines do a disservice to young professionals. The “rapid pace at which industries are changing and new opportunities are arising” simply renders this type of pre-planning unsuitable for discovery and growth. An open, curious perspective is what Ross recommends, noting that the path toward success is where we learn what it takes to become truly successful.
Read Creative Confidence if you need help tapping into your own creative potential, and tell us: Do you agree with Ivy Ross’s advice?