5 Things I Regret Doing Early in My Career:
1. Thinking in terms of "a job" not "a career"
For a long time, I didn't own my career path. I just drifted. I did everything and anything instead of developing specific skills that align with a profession.
2. Being a people pleaser
I was afraid I might upset someone, so I kept trying to make everyone happy by agreeing with them and becoming a yes man. The sad truth is that you can't make everyone happy. It's a mutt effort.
3. Waiting for other people to save me
I thought if I played the game and waited everything would work out. It didn't. I couldn't rely on my boss/company to drive my success, I had to create my own opportunities.
4. Putting my needs last
I couldn't bring myself to ask for anything, even small things like a descent chair or access to software I needed. I thought asking for something that wasn't given to me would look greedy.
5. Not advocating for myself
I thought showcasing my work was vain. I thought I should stay humble and wait for someone to notice me, and even then, I shouldn't take too much credit.
I regret these mistakes because initially they held me back, but I'm also glad I made them, because I learned valuable lessons.
What have you learned from your mistakes?