I consider every person I work with at my internship to be a role model; they’re creative, intelligent, fresh, and motivated. The best part? They share their secrets of success. One such magazine mentor served up life lessons for young people entering the stark world of work, and I’m so thankful he did. Here’s what I soaked in from his intern seminar slash Sizzle Pie feed fest:
1. Treasure your naïveté.
Young people have this sometimes foolish, sometimes brilliant sense that we won’t fail. Taking advantage of this willingness to take chances before real world consequences become actualities can pay off if the timing is right.
2. Act on your interests.
Whatever you do, make it specific to who you are as a person. If you’re a writer, write about what truly interests you. Being specific sets you apart and you’re a better worker when you’re doing what you love.
3. Be an artist.
(Good) artists don’t make art because they expect to make money; they do it because something within them is fulfilled. If you spend extra time honing your skill, pay will follow later in life. If you have to get a part time job bussing tables while working for free in your future industry of choice, get a part time job bussing tables.