Successful People … what they wished they knew at 22!

What I Wish I Knew at Age 22The Business Insider published an article entitled, What 12 Super-Successful People Wish They Knew At 22.

At that age, most of us had just graduated from college and starting the long career adventure. There are probably a few things you wish you knew then that you know now. The article focused on twelve super successful people, but I am only going to focus on three because I had similar reflections.

Here is what my top three had to say:

Arianna Huffington said, “Don’t work too hard.”
This is what she wishes she knew at 22. “I wish I could go back and tell myself, ‘Arianna, your performance will actually improve if you can commit to not only working hard but also unplugging, recharging, and renewing yourself.'” That knowledge, Huffington says, would have saved her a lot of unnecessary stress, worry, burnout, and anxiety.

Suze Orman said, “Money will never define you; you define your money.”
That’s what Orman wishes she knew at 22. “When you are starting out in your 20s, it is natural to think about all that you will have and do once you start making money, and making more money. That gives money way too much power over your life. It’s not about how much you make, but the life that you make with the money you have.”

Christopher Elliot said, “Learn as much as you can.”
This is what he wishes he knew at 22. He tell himself to tackle big challenges, to learn a lot about numbers and words and even more about people to read poetry, to use data to guide your own behavior and drama to persuade others, to move on when it’s time, to be a good disciple until you’re ready to become a good leader, to spend more time on your loved ones, and to learn to dance.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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