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    LEARN: THEN LEAVE! Don’t wait for Mr. What’s His Name or Mrs. So and So to dim your destiny: “be an advocate of your future now.” Consider your autonomy through entrepreneurism.


    You have to start somewhere: I guess this an addendum to an earlier article, How to Start Your Start, which went into detail about the

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Yeal Old Professionals

    necessary perspective and character refinements one needs to become their best self: at least within their career – hopefully in all endeavor.

    I’m an advocate of emerging leaders accruing experience off “someone else’s dime.” Go to work for someone within the space that you think you want to launch your career: work hard for low pay – volunteer for grunt assignments and  make yourself available for experiences and skill-sets that might seem counter-intuitive to your comfort area or your personal interests, because the more comprehensive – the more specific a “leader” can look at an issue or opportunity – the better the leader: the better the leader will be in aligning the company towards its best self.

    I have also learned in my own corporate career, and now as the Founder and CEO of Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals, it’s imperative that emerging leaders not become wedded to any one appointment, career trajectory or organization. You will hear me say it over and over that every new leader should consider their autonomy through entrepreneurism.

    As global economies become more interconnected, yet more volatile – it will be those people that are prepared to move on that will not only survive, but eventually succeed, as opposed to those employees hoping that they are not called into human resources at 3:00 in the afternoon – those who never consider that they might be cut, especially after being a team player – after being praised for their work: no one told this person – that there was a real – at times ruthless world – that too often refuses to consider merit or potential: no one told them that it is survival and profits that run this cruel game.

    When I think of what happened to Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and now municipal employees all across the United States, I see a trend of the labor market being devalued – even ignored, so move: don’t panic, but move to the next thing, while you’re still at the old thing. Don’t wait for Mr. What’s His Name or Mrs. So and So to dim your destiny: “be an advocate of your future now.”

    I came across an interesting article that examined this very thing — have a plan — learn then leave. Whether it’s an enterprise you might want to bring to scale or a business that supplements your income, while giving you insurance against the uncertainty of the labor market – that’s a good thing – that’s an empowering thing, and the primary reason I started Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals: “the empowerment of emerging global leaders.”

    I point you to From Startup Dreams to Cubicle Life, which shows the practice of many aspiring entrepreneurs, working within corporate positions before setting out on their own.

    I believe learning and then leaving, will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Tell me what you think – I’d like to know.

    Don’t forget: self-empowerment — always.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    Filed Under: Startup/Entrepreneur


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