What CEO’s Said They Wish They’d Known When They First Started

Establishing and maintaining a fulfilling career can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle for even the best candidates. It’s easy to assume that the even most successful entrepreneurs have breezed to the top of the career ladder with no setbacks; however this is not the case for the majority of people.

If you are a young professional or even a student graduating this year, here are a list of the most common points  CEO’s and top business professionals wish they had known when they started their careers.

1. The knowledge of an additional language.

Not having knowledge of a second language is one the most widely declared career regrets. Even though English is the primary business language in most jurisdictions, knowing a second language is still extremely respected. Because more national firms are becoming global each year, being bilingual will give you more opportunities work abroad.

There are lots of advantages to speaking a second language. Apart from giving a substantial competitive advantage over other candidates, it is also highly valuable from a social standpoint too.

2. They had established clear morals from day 1 of running the company.

If you are thinking about starting your own company one day, one of the most important things to do is to set out clear company values before you even begin. If you have strong morals, it will be easier for both employees and clients to adopt similar values, and commit to advancing them as the company develops. Strong morals will create a more motivated workforce, and will make it better to retain exceptional employees, which is imperative for any successful organisation.

3. Not getting caught in a money trap.

Those who are starting out in their careers can find themselves being drawn to the highest-paying salary they are offered, irrespective of being passionate about that particular role or not. Even if you have student loans or other finances to think about, this may often seem like the best move to make, however in the long run this absolutely is not.

4. Being firm believers of their own ideas & abilities.

This may seem obvious; however if like most graduates you are filled with self-doubt, the rest of the tips in this article will not help you.

Mark Zuckerburg, the Founder and CEO of Facebook, a multi-million dollar company was quoted saying:
“The most important thing is to just have faith in your abilities and to trust yourself. When you are young, you may hear that you don’t have experience to do a lot of things, and that there are many more people that have more experience than you. However I started Facebook when I was 19. Don’t discount yourself, no matter what you’re doing, because everyone has a unique perspective that they can bring to the world.”