Martyrdom is good for those with saintly aspirations but if you've chosen a career in business, I'm guessing that's already a pretty unlikely goal. If you're not in a condition to come to work, please stay home.
Young people certainly need to plan carefully to achieve professional success in today's highly competitive environment. But we mustn't forget that a life is distinct from -- and lasts longer than -- a career.
If you met me at the age of 14 you would have voted me the least likely person to become a CEO of a multi-million dollar company. I have to be honest and say it is those jobs, those experiences and that sweat that led me to this path and this success.
I loved both my first summer jobs when I worked in the bakery at a grocery store called Hinky Dinky and at a pastry shop called Dippy Donut. What did you learn from your earliest adventures in the world of work?
I realized that my version of having it all was completely different. Perhaps I didn't want it all, since "it" sounded so trite. Maybe I didn't want everyone else's idea of success, because
it meant nothing to me.
I always knew I wanted to write -- and more specifically -- for a magazine. My dad is a travel journalist, so from a young age I saw the excitement, passion and fun involved with creating something from scratch.
"A first job may be similar to one's experience with grade school," Larry Ragan wrote in a private memoir. "It becomes engraved in the memory." And since Larry was my first boss, he is engraved in my memory.