At 23 I graduated from University with a degree in Accounting. I had a clue about what I wanted to do with my life, but nothing was certain. I wasn’t confused but I didn’t have any serious plans, strategy, or answers for the future. 2 years later at 25, things were much clearer.
Looking back and reflecting, I wish I knew several things when I started my career 13 years ago. For starters, I wish I knew that it was okay to fail.

If I had known and internalised this, I would have taken more risks, and perhaps would have succeeded.
Also, I wish I knew how to negotiate and get a lot more things done on my own terms. This might sound counter-intuitive because a newbie doesn’t have so much leverage, but knowing yourself, your worth and what you can achieve will make you negotiate better.
Lastly, I wish I doubted myself less. I had a lot of very brilliant ideas that I never pursued or suggested to the companies I have worked with because I doubted myself. Self-doubt is a killer, and I realised that much later in my career.
So, to y’all my younger friends, it is okay to fail. Learn how to negotiate and stop doubting yourself! Get the knowledge you need to make the right moves in your career.
Sign up for sessions on negotiation, career planning, promotions, international opportunities & more at the biggest career development conference of the year - STRETCH Conference by Career Masterclass, holding virtually on October 8, 2021. Register FREE:

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They earn BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in revenue yearly.

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