An Advice for Fresh Graduates before you take that First Job, Have an Exit Plan

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Have an Exit Plan

Don’t spend years on that same job if they don’t give you career growth in terms of skill and salary.
Let’s not be hypocrites, we all work so that we could get a life, don’t give your life to work.
Having friends and relationships in the workplace is nice, but that aint the goal, you should not stay in a dead end job just for your friends.
True friends are friends no matter where you are.

Before you take that first job, set a goal, “I want to learn as much as N so that I can perform role Y and be a sought-after subject matter expert on it, and I’d like to earn as much as $$$$$ in two years”

This is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal (from wikipedia)

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it. (you)
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Having a specific plan removes the emotional aspects that make it hard to leave the first job, combating the common fear “I might not get a new job after this”. If you focus on your goals of learning, you will definitely increase your chances of landing a better job.

Why the first job is very important

your first boss will have a lot of impact you your career,
a good one can help you build a roadmap, shows you the way and helps you gain confidence towards reaching your goals.
a bad one will tell you “you are stuck here forever” (and we dont want that)

Don’t just get a job for the sake of having one.
Choose one that fits your goals, if your goal is to learn then find companies/bosses that look for the same.

Hiring is a two way street, not only the company should like you, you should also like the company.
And by like i don’t mean just being nice, I mean your goals should match the company’s.
How would you get there? just be honest, tell them what you want to learn and grow into.
tell them were your weak points are. The good companies who support growth and development will take you in, just be honest.

Focus on your goal

don’t get stuck, don’t get blocked, allowing yourself to be blocked from your personal goals by your current job is a surefire to kill motivation and evolve to be that reactive-always-complaining employee. People fight over petty things when they don’t have better things to worry about such as a strong goal.
Don’t be one of those cancerous people in the workplace, ignore pessimists, improve your skills, focus on your goal and Move on when absolutely necessary.

When to quit strategically?
i suggest you read this

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“The Dip” by Seth Godin will teach you when to stick and when to quit.

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 any time you’re in a meeting where you’re not contributing nor adding value–you are encouraged to use your two feet and find a place where you can.


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How do I motivate my team?

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Step1: find the right people

get Growth-type people

Step 2: understand the factors behind motivation

From Dan Pink’s very famous book “Drive”

Autonomy – Creative Freedom
Mastery – Desire for Self Improvement
Purpose – the cause commit to as to why we do things.

From Dan Pink himself, in one of the most popular Ted Talks of all time.
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also you need to keep people within the “Flow zone” to avoid anxiety and boredom

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Where are the Motivated people I want for my team?

these sought after motivated people are Growth-type people.

Not everyone is at this level, those who do not even desire to leave the Existence stage are not worth your time, don’t stress over trying to teach them.

people can only get to this stage if the lower level stages are met, when existence needs is satisfied by a good income (or when coming from a well-off family and when relationship needs are met by families, friends,partner)

Alderfer’s ERG Theory

from wikipedia

Alderfer further developed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs by categorizing the hierarchy into his ERG theory (ExistenceRelatedness and Growth).

The existence group is concerned with providing the basic material existence requirements of humans. They include the items that Maslow considered to be physiological and safety needs.
Alderfer categorized the lower order needs (Physiological and Safety) into the Existence category.

The relatedness group, the desire people have for maintaining important interpersonal relationships. These social and status desires require interaction with others if they are to be satisfied, and they align with Maslow’s social need and the external component of Maslow’s esteem classification.
He fit Maslow’s interpersonal love and esteem needs into the Relatedness category.

The growth group, an intrinsic desire for personal development. These include the intrinsic component from Maslow’s esteem category and the characteristics included under self-actualization. The Growth category contained the self-actualization and self-esteem needs. Alderfer also proposed a regression theory to go along with the ERG theory.

He said that when needs in a higher category are not met then individuals redouble the efforts invested in a lower category need. For example if self-actualization or self-esteem is not met then individuals will invest more effort in the relatedness category in the hopes of achieving the higher need.[1]

Bill Gates on using technology to connect people

from BIll Gates via reddit (an Ask-Me-Anything thread)

A lot of people feel a sense of isolation. I still wonder if digital tools can help people find opportunities to get together with others – not Tinder but more like adults who want to mentor kids or hang out with each other. It is great that kids go off and pursue opportunities but when you get communities where the economy is weak and a lot of young people have left then something should be done to help.

Learnings from Elon Musk

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First Principles


I think it is important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [When reasoning by analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done or it is like what other people are doing — slight iterations on a theme.

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How to make a pitch


#1: Name the enemy
#2: Answer “Why now?”
#3: Show the promised land before explaining how you’ll get there
#4: Identify obstacles—then explain how you’ll overcome them
#5: Present evidence that you’re not just blowing hot air
#6: The pitch


Inspirations for making good systems

Tony Stark (Iron Man)

just look at his “home automation” systems, he built those to get rid of petty tasks so he could focus on higher/creative tasks, and don’t forget J.A.R.V.I.S who handles common tasks for Tony too.

Pysco Pass’ Sibyl System (An Anime)

one of the most intricate and awesome systems that i have seen. Their “AI” controls everything from the government to the career choices of its people in order to maintain Order and the Maximum potential of each person.