We're always so impatient to grow up, we sometimes forget to take note of the important stuff along the way.
Business figure @agarwal_gaurav took to twitter the few things he would have told himself with regards to his career if he had a chance to be 23 again, and we thought it was pretty sound advice.
1. Document everything
Keeping a journal, diary, memo about everything helps you remember, revisit, reflect and learn. Things don't always look the same from when it happens.
2. Note the compliments
We have our good days, and we have our bad days. It is on those bad days how a little push can go a long way. Look back on the compliments on those bad days so you remember this too shall pass.
3. Urgent and important are two different words
Urgent means as soon as possible, important means of value. Learn the difference.
4. Listen to understand, not to respond
Good communication is the corner stone to every relationship. Instead of thinking about what to say next, really listen to the people you're talking to.
5. It's okay if you don't know everything
Not a single person knows everything, curiosity can be an added value.
6. Not all good things are good for you
What was good for you in the past, may not be good for you in the present. Every person is different, don't copy, don't compare.
7. Always have a buffer
Time is the one thing you can never get back, ensure that you're never cutting it too close with deadlines.
8. Perfection doesn't exists
If you're not doing failing, you're not learning. Perfection is the enemy of progress.
9. Always under-promise and over-deliver
It is never a bad thing to go the extra mile. Set a low target and then compete with yourself.
10. Don't make decisions with emotions
Whether it's anger, sadness or happiness, do not let emotions be the reason you decide something. Neutrality is the way to go.
11. You don't find work-life balance, you create it
It is a conscious choice to find balance between work and play, you cannot go looking for a job which gives you that.
12. You are your best advocate
If you don't understand you, no one would be able to understand you as well. Communicate to yourself and to others.