Tina Seelig – What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

March 14, 2013

I noticed that I've been reposting a lot these days. I also noticed that I love lists. I am currently very busy with school matters so I find it honestly taxing to come up with a really personal post. So here's another list (and a repost) that I find to be very helpful. :) This one came from elise.com which in turn was based from Tina Seelig's talk. (Many thanks to Ate Yang for introducing the book/list to me)

1) Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution. Attitude is everything and you control your attitude. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. No one will pay you to solve a non-problem.  
2) The harder you work, the luckier you get. You need to put yourself in a position to make yourself lucky. 
3) Find the intersection between your interests, your skills, and the market. “Follow your passions” is a cop-out piece of advice. Passions are necessary, but not sufficient. 
4) Try lots of things and keep what works. About risk taking and being willing to fail. If you aren't failing sometimes, you aren't taking enough risks.  
5) You don’t have to wait to be anointed. Write your own business card. Don’t wait for someone to tell you that you are ready for the next level. You do the job and then you get the job. Entrepreneurs don’t wait for others to empower them. They empower themselves.  
6) Don’t burn bridges. There are only 50 people in the world, the rest are wall paper. You are going to bump into these people over and over and over again.  
7) You can do it all, just not all at the same time. Know your priorities. Change them regularly. 
8) It’s the little things that matter most. Look people in the eye. Sit up straight. Write a thank you note within 24 hours of having a job interview.  
9) When you are a team, the key is making everybody else successful.The more you make other people around you successful, the more it comes back to you, many many many fold.  
10) Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous. This is not a dress rehearsal. If you are not going to do your best work now, when are you going to?

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