I was recently invited to be a guest on the FounderBy30 podcast with Chiedo. (If you’re not familiar with him or what his companies are all about, I’d encourage you to check him out here.) In preparing for our conversation, he emailed me one simple question to consider, “What’s ONE piece of advice I would give to a younger version of myself?”
Just for a frame of reference, Chiedo’s goal in doing these podcasts is to provide resources to aspiring entrepreneurs under the age of 30 that will motivate and inspire them to chase their own dreams and goals. In doing that, he seeks out people who can offer his target audience a degree of wisdom based on real-life results. In some cases, me for example, Chiedo brings in a guest who’s slightly over the age of 30 to speak based on their personal experience.
So back to his question… How would you answer that? If you could only give one piece of advice to the younger version of you, what would it be? If you’re anything like me, you can probably think of dozens of things to suggest to young you… But if ONE is all you get, that makes it a bit more difficult doesn’t it?
When I’m given a task, I want to get it done as quickly as possible; I like RESULTS! Giving Chiedo an answer to this question wasn’t nearly that simple. I had to do some processing and reflection on this. (I think I recall a book by John Maxwell called Good Leaders Ask Great Questions… Nicely done, Chiedo!) After churning it around for a few days, here’s what I sent him: Develop a habit of learning, seek out multiple mentors, ask lots of questions, and be intentional about applying each lesson you learn to your own life and career.
And what a fun conversation we had around this answer when we caught up to record the podcast. Not only did we talk about this answer, we discussed some key points to consider in applying the advice AND hit on a few of the things Cindy and I can offer someone who’s serious about putting this idea into practice in their own life!
Hope you enjoy!