1. Track EVERYTHING – I cannot stress how important it is to track what you are doing – your budget, what you’re eating, your bills. Hang on to all important receipts for tax time. Don’t throw out those credit card statements; you’ll probably need them one day. And make sure you are keeping track of what’s going into your body, because I guarantee you it will catch up with you one day and you want to be able to make changes.
2. Network – If I’ve learned one thing, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Network the shit out of yourself. Take every meeting, go on every interview, and just be a sponge. It’s so important to familiarize yourself with different people, jobs, projects, etc and gather as much information as you can.
3. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer – You will undoubtedly come into contact or have to work with people you don’t like. And there will always be people in your life that don’t like you. But I’ve learned to treat a lot of life like a business, and sometimes you need to be in business with people that have information you need, and personalities you want nothing to do with. But, like my mom always says, kill them with kindness and don’t give them any reason to not like you.
4. Take care of your body – Stretch and move your body, eat some fruit every once in a while, and take weeks off from drinking alcohol. You will feel different, you will run faster and you will live longer.
5. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have – Just put on the blazer and heels. Just do it. Throw the ripped jeans and sneakers into the weekend pile, and move on. People will take you more seriously if you look presentable. Dress like you are picking up Justin Timberlake from the lobby for a meeting with your boss. No one will ever say anything bad about you looking nice. But they will notice you the day you are in sweatpants.
6. Have an opinion – You should always voice your opinion and be picky about what you want. This is the time where you need to learn to make your own decisions and stop only listening to what your parents and friends tell you to do. Its okay to not know all the answers, but its not okay to not have your own voice.
7. Step away from social media – I love Twitter and Facebook just as much as the next guy, but the last thing I want to do when I get home after staring at a computer for twelve hours is to stare at my iPhone and peruse Instagram. Take a walk. Read a book. Cook dinner. DO SOMETHING other than read about what other people are doing. It will drive you crazy. Especially when you see what your ex-boyfriend is up to…
8. DO BETTER next time – Don’t make the same mistake twice, learn and grow when you fuck up, and be kind to people.
9. Stand up straight – You will look taller and thinner, your back won’t hurt as much, and you will feel more in control… #nohunchbacks
10. Move on – Shit happens and life is messy. Just put the pieces back together and get on with your life. Chances are, the past will be in the past for a reason.
By Alex Devlin