A great advice piece for young people entering the job market:
If you have successful friends, you will be successful. It’s pretty much that simple. If you hang out with a bunch of losers, you too will adopt their loser ways and not achieve anything. Regardless of whether or not you go out and network, please make sure that your friends are ambitious and hard working people who you admire.For some, this means that they will have to move on from their high school buddies. For others, it means that they will need to have friends who are older than they are. Some people will have to learn new skills in order to penetrate the friend groups that they would like to join.But if you hang out with quality people, you won’t need to worry about networking. Your friends will be your network. The only reason you are reading this article is because Sarah Lacy has a lot of friends who are very high quality, and they not only supported her PandoDaily ambition, but also put money into it. And even though she is nobody, she does have quality friends.
My personal creed that I built years ago is this: Work like you’re not entitled a living, and avoid people who avoid working.
Pretty much sums it up. The author also focuses on the value of learning a trade, and I’d add that the great shame of the idea that “you have to have an education” is the snobbery implied within: HVAC, plumbing, auto body, mechanic work, etc, is not demeaning, and it pays quite well.
Think I lie? Ever know anyone fretting about finding a philosopher on Christmas Eve when the pipes break? Think again.