Question of the week: What's the best career advice you ever received?

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The best career advice I ever received was: "Don't be afraid to ask for opportunities and put yourself out there. The worst that can happen is that someone says no."


One of the best thing I read in Pragmatic Programmer book is "It is your life. You own it. You run it. You create it."
Julie Chabin
"You can't get what you don't ask for" is probably the best advice I ever received. Also, it's up to you to be ready for new opportunities.
Hai Nguyen
"You don't have to impress people right when you enter a company, they will likely return only envy and doubts. Give the best of yourself when you're about to quit." I know this piece of advice is quite controversial, and I still question it occasionally. But somehow it works.
"Believe in yourself more so than you think you do."
Dan Edwards
Believe in yourself.
Dan Edwards
This came from a close friend when I was feeling very down about my career and opportunities were not materialising. He said a lot of positive things that day, but these 3 words stuck with me.
Lanre Akinyemi
In my very first sales job, I was told that my time is the most important thing to protect - spend time with leads where there is mutual benefit and don't be afraid to close off conversations are heading nowhere. Seems counter-intuitive to the idea that salespeople should pester until you buy but poor time management is a daily struggle!
Joel Benjamin
"Something is better than nothing" is the advice that changed my life. Some dude on discord told me this.
Kushaan Shah
At 25, you’ll be likely be doing something wildly different than 21. The job you have at 30 may not even be invented yet. The best advice I’ve always gotten is to give yourself permission to move away from sunk costs - it’s tough when you’ve invested in learning something or invested time into something to move on to something new - but so many rewards come when you change the vision of who/what you are.
James Sun
You don't get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.
"Always get prepared."
Khalil Hanna
The best advice I received is from one of my best friend, " Don't say you can't do this, you have a ​brain, time, and motivation. These are the main ingredients for Doing."
Emin Henri Mahrt
Always come with at least one suggested solution for a task given, not with a problem.
Back in my visual effects days my creative director always used to say "Suggest 3 options to the client. The one they reject, the one you're okay with doing and the one you would enjoy doing. When they land on a second one, you can convince them the third one is better".
"Do what you can't" - Casey Neistat
Karming Chin
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take
Joe Alongi
"Always be prepared to be let down."
Emmie Sam
Never to Give-up! You could rest, heal and get back up.
similar to @syswarren "Asking won't hurt you." -> I've always been curious and straightforward asking people (even CEOs) for jobs/help. Also: "Job titles are useless in your next job, the only thing that counts is your track-record." (speaking of "Head of xyz" as a 1-person-"department")
Diogo Beltran
"You never get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate."