As always, center purpose. Be intuitive in detecting whether a company and the humans who work there have values and a mission you are aligned with and if they do, work for them.
Indulge and follow your curiosity, take ownership for your function in a company and learn as much as you can.
Just as importantly, bring your whole self to your work; your life experiences, your world view, your unique sauce (something not one other human on this planet can replicate beyond a sub-par impression).
There are so many functional and even solely compliance focused disciplines and as a former lawyer and a People Ops pro, I’ve worked in two of them! By combining your whole self, your learnings and the resonance you have with your company’s values and mission, you can evolve unique ways in which your discipline adds value that put you at the top 1% of your spaceю
My number 1 lesson is to not compare myself to other people. It's basic but true. I think the world is so often set up to pit people against each other "if someones doing this at a certain age then I should be doing this". It forces us to make bad decisions. At school, at university, on grad schemes we're graded and compared to our peers but I've forced myself to let go of that mentality.
There's always someone who will be younger, prettier, smarter, more successful than me, so why allow that negative energy into my life?
I make decisions based on what I want to do, live life to the beat of my own little (weird) drum and fundamentally am happier for it. When you're pushing yourself to try new things you're opening yourself up to a lot of rejection, criticism, people knocking you back. You can listen of course, but fundamentally there's nothing wrong with living life on your own terms. If we start to think about the world as winners, losers, better or worse, we start to feel unsatisfied with what we have and lose our sense of community. Life's tough enough, why add more things to worry about to it?
Founder & CEO at Black Unicorn, a culture consultancy company helping brands of the future attract and retain the right talent.