We all need a few words of encouragement every now and then.
So, if you’ve received your exam results this week or if you’re just having a particularly crappy few days at the office take note of the career advice that these CEOs live by.
Exam results aren’t everything
”I think confidence is probably the most important thing when it comes to your career. I don’t think anyone is smarter than anyone else coming out of secondary school. Remember that not everyone fits into a points system. Don’t evaluate what you can do in your career based on your first six years of academics. There is a place for everyone and everyone can excel and be the best they can be.”-Luke Mackey, CEO of Bamboo
You’ll never be this young again
”Be true to what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to take a reduction in salary to go the route that you want to be on. I have tonnes of friends who are super unhappy in their jobs and the main restriction is that they need consistency in salary. It’s a problem for most people. You’re never going to be as young as you are right now. Whether you think that’s scary or not everyone needs to be able to cut the cloth at some stage in order to make themselves happy.”– Samuel Dennigan, CEO, Strong Roots.
Remember college isn’t for everyone
”University for me wasn’t a path to a career. I studied something I found interesting but I didn’t really think about what I wanted to do when I was older. For most of university, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.
”I’m a firm believer that you learn by doing. I think it is great if you have done a business or marketing degree before, that can only help you but sometimes I think it is all quite abstract when you learn it in theory and most of the learning comes through the various different curve balls that a business will throw at you. I have no regrets about not having formal training.”– Pippa Murray CEO of Pip & Nut.
Believe in yourself
”One thing that stands out from those early days is you have to back yourself and listen to your gut instinct because it is always right. You’ve got to be confident in yourself. You’ve got to have that level of assurance.
”Fear of failure will ultimately hold you back. Experimentation is good and there will be times when you will fail but you learn from the experience.”- Tony O’Malley, CEO of Fujitsu.
Don’t lose your sense of fun
”Always have a sense of playful curiosity. Try not to let things terrify you so much that you just stagnate and you don’t do something. You’ll work it out. As long as you can commit to learning and trying new things you’ll figure it out. You don’t need to have all the answers or skills.”- Katie Whitlock and Polly Gilbert, cofounders of TAP London.