Young & Fearless – Your 5 Year Plan

Marissa MayerYou’re young and trying to find your inner Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo). Why Marissa Mayer? Well, she has style for one; she’s paid her way, climbed to the top and she’s not even 40! Your twenties is all about self-discovery, but don’t take advantage of this prime time!

Where do you see yourself five years from now? What do you need to do to get there? Who is in your support group? Are you on the right path?

Having an idea of where you want to be in five years is like having the middle part of your puzzle put together and all you need are the edge pieces. Are you passionate about teaching, nursing, real estate, marketing, etc.? What do you enjoy doing? What makes you happy? When you have that part down, you can then start to dream big and visualize yourself in those shoes and carrying that designer purse you paid for yourself.

Okay, back to reality. What do you need to do to get there? First, get your foot in the door! Start at where you can and learn the ends and outs of your desired industry, and most importantly, get the experience, make your contacts and do the bitch work. You aren’t going to be the CEO of Yahoo overnight. Not sure where or how to get your foot in the door? Find someone that has your “dream job” on LinkedIn. (It’s like Facebook for work!) This is a great way to see someone’s professional experience, what they’re degree is in and if they have any special certificates. Take it a step further and follow these industry leaders on Twitter and participate in industry related discussions. But wait, if you are going to take it to this level, make sure you tweet things that wouldn’t offend your grandma, better yet, a possible future employer.

Who do you have in your support group? Having influential people close to you, or an actual group of supportive people is huge. It means you’ve done something to impress these people, they trust and want what’s best for you and you look up to them. You will always have people trying to tear you down, but if the person tearing you down has a hand in you achieving your goals, separate yourself from them. What’s the point of keeping them close anyway?

Are you in the right direction? If not, don’t jump ship! Hang in there and keep an open mind. Start thinking about your future. This is YOUR time, not anyone else’s.






Young & Fearless

It is only appropriate that a blogger in her twenties with a dream career and crazy fun social life have a fun and fearless category in her blog. I am that girl that runs away from relationships and runs towards her dreams to be independently successful, so here I am… These posts will be for my fellow young and focused dream chasers trying to make a name for themselves in this bitch of a real world.

Young & Fearless Tip #1:
You are likely to be semi-new in your position and/or career which, nine times out of ten, puts you at the bottom of the totem pole. Understand and accept that. You have to bite your tongue when your colleagues want it their way and when they do something that your bachelor’s degree would frown upon. They have probably worked there longer than you; they may know something you don’t. Of course, offer your opinion and ideas in a professional and positive manner, but don’t get upset if you feel completely ignored.

Tell me about your first job and the newbie mistakes you made.