The more years, experiences, and observations I log, the more I understand the challenge ahead as new entrants come into the workforce.

Whether an entrepreneur who went straight to work from high school or freshly minted university grads stepping on the playing field in their first role as they develop their future.

I use the word role with purpose: you should never have a job.

I also replace the word career with the word future. 

You are your future; you are not your career.

Processing that way may influence your choices along the way.

It is integrating your activities rather than your work/life balance.

Until now, you have likely lived in a world where you got something you wanted at the moment you wanted it. The impulsive part of you has been catered to a large majority of your life.

From school to your cell phone, Amazon, and Uber Eats, if you want it now, get it now.

By the way, you are not alone because all of us have been transported into a time where our immediate needs are satiated with technology and further tempted by algorithms that feed that immediate gratification on devices that are held in our hands, even on our trips to the toilet.

Let’s get back to the new entrant considering their future:

  • You have a domain of possibility spread out before you. Know that your decisions and actions over the first ten years of your career will likely set up the following 40 years. 
  • Be first to show up on the field every morning.
  • There is no such thing as a slow day when you start; it is your responsibility to fill it with learning, meeting people, being curious and asking questions, and then studying the responses to the questions you received.
  • Be one of the last ones off the field at the end of the game.
  • Start practicing the powerful skills of deferred gratification. Start with your impulsive desires towards food, mobile apps, and screen time.
  • Get used to grappling with the fact that there is no “fair” in the workplace or life. There is an arbitrary nature to life that you have no control over. Events that happen to you are nearly always diluted over time. Both the good and bad. 
  • Write down what you got slightly better at today. You will need this as a marker because you will want this trajectory of effort and development as you are about to enter into what is likely the most challenging time of your life, and how you transition during these five years will likely dictate the freedom and range of the rest of your life.
  • Continue to learn with intention, associate with high performers, and avoid those who complain.

There is no pass or fail; there are only outcomes.