by GRACE NASRI
Originally published: February 17, 2017
It's easy to assume that the most successful people are expert planners who knew exactly where they wanted to be at each point in their career.
That's rarely the case. Much more often, those folks were simply open to new opportunities from the very beginning—they took chances and learned to embrace what made them unique. But that doesn't mean they wouldn't have done a few things differently. I spoke with six executives at major companies like PayPal, GM, SoulCycle, and Salesforce to learn what advice they wish they'd gotten when they were younger.
DON'T OVERPLAN—BECAUSE YOU CAN'T
"In today’s heavily prescribed, overly programmed world, it’s easy to believe—even at age 22—that you need to plan every detail of your future career," says General Motors CEO Mary Barra. But that’s not the case.