14 things to keep in mind as you start your career

Feeling discouraged at the office? Unsure of where your path will lead you? That’s normal. Just ask any successful person before you, doubts and uncertainties inevitably haunt us at certain stages of our careers – especially when we’re just starting off. Remember to brush it off when you feel discouraged and keep this wisdom and advice for young professionals in mind as you pursue your own personal and professional happiness.


1. Treat others with respect and compassion – always


2. Accept who you are


3. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you


4. Think before you speak – especially at the office

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5. Be deliberate about the choices you are taking in life

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6. Don’t dwell on the past

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7. Face your fears and your mistakes straight on

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8. Keep your envious side in check – it will only make you miserable


9. A good workplace is a place of trust

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10. Always stay in touch with your passion


11. Tenacity is a must


12. Success shouldn’t be a result, but a process

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13. Grit will take you far


14. Live and work in the moment




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Sources & Photos: Instagram

Photo 1. based on The Little Businessman, by J Stimp, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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