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My advice for Gen Zers for success!

Recently, I enlisted the help of two young technicians from what I believed to be a reputable company for a couple of medium-sized jobs at my business. Upon their arrival, I was taken aback—they appeared no older than high school students. As it turned out, they were college students venturing into entrepreneurship, eager to expand their horizons.

Despite my initial reservations, I decided to proceed with their services. Unfortunately, the outcome was less than satisfactory. Their attempts resulted in several mishaps, including the need to hire another contractor to rectify issues like repairing damaged stucco on a main wall.

Despite their shortcomings, I couldn't help but empathize with these young entrepreneurs. Like many starting out, they underestimated the complexities of running a business. After compensating them for their efforts, I took the opportunity to offer them guidance. While they showed promise in certain tasks, I made it clear where they needed improvement.

Reflecting on this experience, I've noticed a broader trend among today's youth. There's a prevalent desire for quick success—be it through YouTube stardom or financial gain—often without fully grasping the necessary groundwork. To address this, I share these tips with Generation Z:

  1. Identify your strengths and leverage them strategically.

  2. Prioritize integrity and reliability in all endeavors.

  3. Communicate effectively and transparently in all dealings.

  4. Build a strong reputation through excellence and dedication.

  5. Understand the impact of one misstep on your reputation and finances.

  6. Focus on sustainable growth rather than shortcuts to success.

  7. Practice financial responsibility and avoid unnecessary comparisons.

  8. Surround yourself with supportive, value-driven peers.

  9. Seek guidance from experienced mentors with proven success.

  10. Invest your youth in hard work and smart decisions for a prosperous future.

By adopting these principles, today's young adults can navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship and career-building with confidence and resilience.

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Sarah Y Tse

Contributor: Sarah Y. Tse is the CEO of TSE Worldwide Press, Inc. and Founder of United Yearbook Printing Services. She is the author of 7 Years on the Front Line and co-author of From Illusion to Reality: True Stories and Practical Advice on How to Prepare for Career Success Before Graduating From College. Sarah currently serves as a mentor and speaker at Biola University's Crowell School of Business, and is deeply passionate about empowering people, especially younger professionals, to explore their gifts, goals, and calling.

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