Top 3 Priorities for Finding Success for Young Professionals

Top 3 Priorities for Finding Success for Young Professionals

Every person has different measures of success in their personal and professional lives. Success can be finding the proper work-life balance, ascending into the leadership ranks, or simple financial gain. You can reach each of these goals using a similar strategy. This strategy promotes efficient, high-quality work. Regardless of your end goal, here should be your top three priorities for finding success. Plan and Complete Tasks Planning is essential for remaining productive at work. Create a clear agenda of the tasks at hand and break large assignments into manageable small tasks. This way, completing tasks is easy. Outline what work you plan to do for the day and create an […]

How to Avoid the Barriers that Asian Entrepreneurs Face

How to Avoid the Barriers that Asian Entrepreneurs Face

Around the world, Asians are finding the entrepreneurial spirit. They are founding many companies, organizations, and projects. Yet, the road to entrepreneurship is not easy, and one that holds many barriers and obstacles. In particular, Asian entrepreneurs face several unique challenges. Here’s how to avoid them: Accept Risk Most Asian American families are recent immigrants. Often, from backgrounds of hardship and sacrifice. The story of immigrant hardship and the desire for a better future shapes priorities. This common narrative leads young Asian Americans to avoid risk and find a stable, well-paying job. Unfortunately, the risk avoidance limits opportunities for young Asian American professionals. Opportunities such as taking jobs at startups […]

The Success of Women-Owned Businesses

The Success of Women-Owned Businesses

There is a tendency in the business world to go with what has proven success. In most circumstances involving money, a risk-assessment or cost-effectiveness analysis is a meticulously thought out process. If the results reveal the risk is too high, or that the profit margin isn’t projected to be wide enough to warrant this new venture, then the project is either sent back to the drawing board or abandoned completely. Ironically, many of the wealthiest and most successful business owners began with an idea that did not have widespread support initially. One of the many benefits of the increase in women-owned-businesses is that women are adding new perspectives and innovative […]

Why Confidence is Key to Leadership

Why Confidence is Key to Leadership

When people consider what it takes to become a successful person, the first thing that comes to mind is confidence. After all, a person who believes in themselves is capable of jumping into projects, taking calculated risks, and most importantly, inspiring others to follow them. For as long as people have contemplated the power of high self-confidence, people have also been contemplating the potential pitfalls high self-confidence. In 2012, the Harvard Business Review published an article and concluded that ultimately, less confident people are more successful than self-confident people. That same year, they published another article, again with the same conclusion that having self-confidence is not related to success. This […]

More Tips to Set Successful Goals

More Tips to Set Successful Goals

More Tips on How to set Successful Goals Successful people have a lot of habits that they attribute to achieving and maintaining their success. Some of these habits include waking up early, time management, and scheduling time to relax. Perhaps one of the most important habits successful people have is setting goals. Goals are important because they help us keep our energy and focus on the task at hand, and help us ignore distractions. Setting goals is an action that we engage in every day, but we don’t always know how to maximize it for success. However, there are several ways to set goals to set yourself up for success. We’ve […]

Why It’s Harder for Asians to Succeed in the Workplace

Why It’s Harder for Asians to Succeed in the Workplace

Despite comprising 50% of the workforce in Silicon Valley, less than 2% of managers and executives are Asian. Furthermore, Asian Americans are the least likely racial group to ascend into managerial and executive positions. This obstacle to success compounds institutional bias against Asians by further relegating them into non-leadership positions. Both, the public and private sectors underrepresent the Asian Americans. This is perhaps the largest issue currently facing the Asian American community in America. The question is, why is it more difficult for Asians to succeed?   Poor Networking Asians tend to invest less time and effort in developing strong peer networks, which can impede their professional progress. Strong networks […]

Reject Rejection: Getting over Disappointments at Work

Reject Rejection: Getting over Disappointments at Work

  Someone once said, “If you want to avoid rejection at work quit your job”. We know by now that rejection is a part of life, and work. It is something that happens to us all at one time or another. What separates the great from the merely good—or perhaps we could say, the young professional just starting out versus the seasoned veteran—is how one deals with this particular fact of life in a job. But regardless of seniority, rejection, or fear of it, is a powerful social trigger, and at work it can be a debilitating one. When you feel left out of important circles of influence at the […]

Gaining Credibility as a Young Professional

Gaining Credibility as a Young Professional

Landing a job fresh out of college hasn’t been so easy over the last seven years, it’s true, but something not often talked about is the difficulty of imposing yourself in a new role when you do finally manage to get hired. As a young professional your youth can work against you.   Eventually, through mere persistence and simply the passing of time you’re likely to become accepted in your job by your peers and superiors. But by being active and following certain pieces of advice you can speed up this process, gain credibility and perhaps even rise up the company ladder faster.   In the corporate world, perception is […]

Time Management: A Key to Getting Ahead

Time Management: A Key to Getting Ahead

Something we’re rarely explicitly taught when we start our professional lives, but is actually essential to our success in the world of work is good, efficient time management. Learning how to organize yourself and your tasks is so important for your ability to do your job, as well as for your own mental health. There’s nothing more stressful than having too much to do with no time to do it. It doesn’t matter how smart you are if you can’t organize information well enough to take it in. And it doesn’t matter how skilled you are if procrastination keeps you from getting your work done. In our hectic schedules, your […]

Essential Reading for Young Leaders

Essential Reading for Young Leaders

Perhaps not mentioned enough within the business world are the wide-ranging benefits of reading. Studies have shown that reading can improve intelligence and lead to insight and innovation. It broadens your vocabulary, expands your world knowledge and improves your abstract reasoning skills. You learn to acquire and assimilate new information quickly and effectively, and many business people claim that reading across fields is great for creativity. Leaders who can sample insights in a broad range of areas—such as sociology, the physical sciences, economics, and psychology—and can apply them to their organizations are more likely to prosper. Reading also increases verbal intelligence and a leader who is a more adept and […]