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Dear Graduates: Get Ready to Take Risks, Prove Your Passion, and Learn Fast

Dear Graduates: Get Ready to Take Risks, Prove Your Passion, and Learn Fast
From Recruiter - October 7, 2017

Many people spend their childhoods confidently answering the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? When we respond, we do so unconstrained and driven by passion. We typically answer with creative or bold responses.

Funny thing is, once we grow up, that confidence and boldness typically fades.

Now that you have your diploma in hand, its time to take action. But how should you approach your transition from student to professional?

My advice as you enter the workforce is: Its important to jump in with the same confidence you once had. Be fearless as you embark on your professional journey.

Seek Out Opportunities to Take Risks

The beginning of your career is the one time you can take risks and learn from them. Choose interesting and challenging options over expected jobs. You are at a stage where you have a fresh perspective on everything you do professionally, so challenge yourself.

When you do land that job, keep moving forward. Raise your hand for projects where you can have a visible impact on the business. Look for opportunities to take risks, and go for them. That uncomfortable feeling you get in your gut is a good sign you are stretching yourself.

Be Creative, Be Daring

In my very first job, I had a chance to land one of the largest deals of the year, but I encountered a big objection during the closing process. You see, the prospective customer told me I needed to demo the equipment in his office for their final evaluation.

If I dont get a demo machine here by tomorrow, I am going with your competitorbut if you do and it works, Ill buy it from you, the client said.

The problem was our hardware was quite large and contained fragile components. We used a third party to professionally deliver the equipment, which typically took two weeks.

I couldnt wait. Solving this objection wasnt going to be easyso I got creative. I hired two college buddies and rented a big Hertz truck. I removed the large piece of equipment from the demo room and drove 35 miles down a bumpy highwayto deliverit.

It wasnt easy, but the risk paid off and we got the deal.

Oh yeahI also learned that, sometimes, its better to ask for forgiveness than permission!



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