Imagine you walk into a room and everyone in the audience is 15 years your elder. Or, maybe you’re in a business meeting and you’re the youngest tenured employee. Imagine what preconceived notions you’re battling against before you even open your mouth.
"Who does he think he is?"
"She’s too young."
"He has to ‘pay his dues’ before I trust him."
If you’ve been following this blog, then I know that your reaction to any of these thoughts is “I’ll show them not to doubt me”. The question I ask you is, “How do you plan to do that”? You’re battling against tradition, a stigma of being too young, perceived immaturity, and naivete. How will you fight against that onslaught of hurdles?
It’s simple, you face it head on. You own the responsibilities laid on you and embrace them. Whether you’re starting at a new job, or finally decide to control your own career, you embrace your responsibilities through managing your personal brand. First big move: Survey the Landscape.
Whether you have to formally talk with other people, or locate formal documentation, you need to know the following things to start:
- What does success look like in your environment?
- How does your brand’s value proposition fit into this framework?
- What do you want to accomplish?
- Who can you trust that would be a willing, and knowledgeable, mentor?
It’s very hard to argue with success. It’s even harder to argue with consistent success. It’s impossible to argue with success that helps everyone else succeed. You may have been raised to never question your elders but, would you rather follow tradition or blaze your own path?