No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
— Alice Walker

Skill

Standing out in a crowd of talent that is equal to you, or better, is one of the most challenging things facing young professionals at
this moment. As the population booms - even in times of low unemployment - it can be difficult to rise above the noise of
everyday life.

Finding your passion is one way to attract the right attention, but even then, it can be hard to gain traction as there are many passionate people that are grinding every day to maintain their standing in the community.

Build skills, but realize that it isn’t enough.

Build skills, but realize that it isn’t enough.

Effort

It can be tempting to throw everything against a wall and see what sticks, but effort is like time. Limited.

It is important to elevate originality and authenticity as your chief concerns, however that is not always enough. Networking is another key factor in getting ahead, but how do you engage with people that are living their lives and struggling just to keep their heads above the constant flow of information and work that assaults us daily?

Effort is like time. Limited.

Effort is like time. Limited.

Luck

Success can largely be a result of luck, but that can seem like a cheap excuse to justifying why efforts are failing.

Showing genuine interest in the affairs of those that are where you want to be in life is a great way to get excited about the future and transmute your frustration with failure into productive motivation to proceed.

Relationships are divine. They transcend time, and if they don’t, you are better off.

Relationships are divine. They transcend time, and if they don’t, you are better off.

Reach out to someone you have been neglecting today. They will be delighted by the surprise of a message from you, and even if they don’t get back to you, the effort of crafting a well-written communication can change your momentum for the better.

-Doug