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Times are very different from when I was launching my business career. In light of that, there are several things I would do differently, yet several things I would not change in the slightest.

Things I Would Change

If I were launching my business career now, I would:

  • Start multiple things since the barriers against doing so are lower when you are early in your business career. When you are more advanced in your career, you make the barriers seem way too big.
  • Move through a bunch of activities to get as many growth experiences as possible. Tenure can shut off growth experiences.
  • Plan with a list and not a fully developed plan. The strategic thinking to arrive at the list and the full plan are comparable, but the lesser effort invested in creating the list makes you more likely to adapt when things change.
  • Try not let a fascination with perfection become a roadblock to doing something.
  • Attempt to cultivate an air of confidence as opposed to an air of hesitancy and self-doubt.

Things I Would Keep the Same

  • Live way below my means. Living humbly provides all kinds of flexibility.
  • Work in a very small business and a very large business. The experiences in a small business and a large business are so dramatically stark, it provides a solid foundation for whatever is next.
  • Concentrate on learning how to find information and interpreting it instead of learning facts that are going to change anyway.

How About You?

What things would you change and what would you do over the same way again if you were launching your business career now?  – Mike Brown

 

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7 Responses to “If I Were Launching My Business Career Now”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the last bullet point in things you would keep the same: “finding information and interpreting it.” I think if more people (especially younger generations who are still trying to “make it”) concentrated on this, they would be able to begin to form their own opinions, tell their own stories, and carve out their own destinies. 

    • Mike Brown says:

      I consider myself very fortunate to have worked for someone in my first job who was a master at “finding” the facts vs. “learning” the facts!

  2. Alex says:

    I’d make only a few small changes. Perhaps be a little less trusting of some people and more trusting of others–but that only comes with experience. So, all in all I would likely do things just the same. Good post, Mike!

    • Mike Brown says:

      Trust and knowing how much to extend is a tricky subject, Alex. You probably have to get burned a few times to know what the indicators are when you can and can’t trust someone. Even then, you can still get fooled.

  3. tannerc says:

    Such solid advice Mike. The only thing I would add to the list is: take more risks.

    Now, more than ever before in history, the cost of taking a risk is extremely low. Most of us (especially anyone reading this) have access to a world-wide network of people who are willing to help us if we ever get stuck or in a bad place. The worst that can happen is you fumble, maybe scratch up your knees, and get back up.

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