It is always better to be at the bottom of the ladder and know that you can only achieve more of what you have now. Sure starting out can be difficult, especially when you lack important skills and experience, but nothing is impossible and with hard work and determination, you can move up the corporate ladder in no time. In the meantime, you can still embrace what you have and make the most of your current resources to move forward.
Emily, a bright English lit major who recently graduated from an Ivy League school, has her heart set on writing for a small online magazine where hipsters get their news. She interned at CNNbut doesn't want to apply there because she would have to start at the bottom. She asked me:.
It's good to start at the bottom. In fact, it can be a very good place to start when you're building your career. Whether you're interning or starting your first graduate job, the idea of starting from scratch, just when you've fought so hard to clamber up the academic ladder, can prove somewhat disheartening.
For someone in an executive-level position, it shouldn't be necessary to start at the bottom. Many skills are transferable — more than you even realize. This is when tapping your network can go a long way. You can also start making the transition in small steps: using free time to build new skills and connections.
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No jaw-dropper here: Research shows that people who grow up in poverty have a tougher road ahead than those who are well off from the get-go. In fact, some of the wealthiest people in the world today were once poor—like these seven, whose tenacity, hard work and resilience helped them overcome their circumstances and rise to the top. Growing up, Schultz would have had to save his pennies to afford a grande latte.
All I knew was that I felt stuck and lacked any future perspective. But that idea about ourselves is false. The truth is that we chase things like money, status, job titles, promotions, corner offices, respect from our peers, you name it.
The following guest post is by Steve Blank, a retired entrepreneur who created the Customer Development methodology that launched the lean startup movement. Listening to my the family talk about dividing up the cooking chores for this Thanksgiving dinner, including who would peel the potatoes, reminded me that most careers start by peeling potatoes. One of the iconic punishments in basic training in the military was being threatened by our drill instructors of being assigned to KP — Kitchen Patrol — as a penalty for breaking some rule.