Speech designed by Athena Manolopoulos from the Noun Project

Speech designed by Athena Manolopoulos from the Noun Project

LinkedIn recently launched a new segment for its Influencer Program, where leaders and visionaries compiled their best advice under one umbrella: Lessons they would tell themselves if they were 22 again. Here are few snippets from the series

History is made by people who understand that they might not be able to control all of their circumstances – but they can control their attitude.

–  Mark Weinberger, Chairman and CEO, EY 

Avoid buying a house. …as the value of flexibility increases, and the value of tenure goes down, home ownership is going to become an albatross as opposed to a blessing.

– Aneesh Kumar, Head, Consumer Engagement Strategy, Aetna

Ask for feedback. Proactively. Don’t wait for someone to give it to you. Seek it out in every interaction and surround yourself with people who will be honest with you.

– Gina Bianchini, Founder & CEO, Mightybell

Tell stories, do demos, and use pictures. The most enchanting people tell stories, do demos, and use pictures to influence and persuade others.

– Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva

“Call it a log, a diary, a journal or whatever – just get in the habit of writing yourself down. I can see what I was thinking the day before, the day of, and the day after I separated from someone I really loved. I can see what I dreamed (literally and figuratively) and how it changed over time. 

– Oliver Perrin, Partner at Culture, Semoitician, Brand Strategist

Be open, be curious, persevere. Most organizations have a number of doors open that you can’t see at first, and the path you end up on is often not the one you intended to follow. I never could have imagined I would like business as much as I do, or that it would offer me the chance to be creative, have an impact, and feel a sense of mission..

– Beth Comstock, CMO at GE

Check out the rest of the series and contributors right here.

  • http://www.arundesign.com Arun Raj

    i’m 23 and this is really inspiring 🙂 :)..and most of the advices are similar to what i’m doing now a days to enhance my career! 🙂

  • Sarah Peterson

    Great advice—except for the “don’t buy a house” advice. I don’t think it matters which way you look at it, giving your money to a property manager versus putting it into a mortgage (which is an investment and equity for yourself, rather than money that disappears in the form of rent you’ll never get back as equity or otherwise) just isn’t a great long-term plan.

    • Jess

      Where do you live? Somewhere with cities that are young and small enough to make owning property in a central location not unfeasible? Come to New York, or head to London or Hong Kong, owning your home in these places isn’t a possibility (unless you are extremely wealthy), and nor is it an issue. Also having the flexibility to take that job or move your life leaves you open for the challenges and opportunities that in your twenties are easily worth paying rent for – or at least I think so 🙂

      • Sarah Peterson

        Ah, that’s a great point. Didn’t think about that! I do live in a pretty easy city to own property in a central location. I do think in terms of the flexibility aspect, that’s been a concern for my husband and I since his job could potentially take him anywhere—however, we view the money going into a mortgage as money that you could work to recoup rather than the money you’d pay getting out of a lease on short notice. So, it’s a pretty dynamic issue!

    • Sasha

      Unfortunately Jess is right. Here in NYC even the NY Times came out and said that it is cheaper long-term to rent than to buy: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html

      • Sarah Peterson

        Yep, that’s a great point!

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  • Sasha

    That’s awesome. 2000 was a good year to be a buyer! How much are the (similar) homes around your neighborhood going for now?

    • mike

      My neighbor, whose house was a bit smaller on a lot almost as big as mine sold his for $950,000 in Jan of 2013. It was torn down and one building with eight 2 bed 1.5 bath units were built in its place. I was offered $1,100,000 from the same developer. Maybe if it gets to $1,500,000 I might reconsider

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