Have a sober talk with yourself about who you are and what type of business environment would make you happy and give you a sense of accomplishment and perhaps align with particular values you have. For example, do you want to work in a small company where people know each other, or in a fast-pace corporation where you meeting a lot of new people? What type of industry are you best suited for: technology, education, finance? And do you want to sell, design new products, cultivate human talent, work with data and spreadsheets. Try to be honest with yourself. You will be spending a lot of your waking hours at work.
If you avoid doing thing or taking opportunities just because you are afraid that you will fail, you will miss the best opportunities to learn and get better.
The other thing would be: do not try to do everything on your own. And do not try to invent what is already there. Use other people’s knowledge and delegate anything you can.
My advice to my former self would be to not be so hard on myself. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was in high school and the series of issues that ensued made my early college years very challenging. Instead of taking a real break to focus on family, I kept trying to force myself to focus on my studies and it didn't go well. It ended up taking me nearly 10 years to finish my Bachelor's, yet today I am leading the Divisional Sales efforts for a major Wealth Management firm and am 16 years into a very successful career in that field. Had I given myself the space to step away from school initially, I likely could have gone back and finished sooner and perhaps be even further along in my career than I am today.
Now hopefully neither you, nor anyone in your club, will have a series family illness to deal with, but challenges always arise. The point is that your ultimate success won't be determined by whether it took you 4 years to finish your degree or 6 because you had other priorities, opportunities, etc. that made your education somewhat nonlinear. I wish I had known that when I was 18...
Best of luck!
I hope all is well.
One advice to my former self is to minor in Computer Science in college. This is because it would have been a great complementary to my accounting degree.
(I couldn't pick just one--hope that gets some ideas flowing!)
Secondly, I would add in not being afraid to fail. You learn a lot more from failure and adversity. Be open to trying new things and get comfortable with coming up short. Learn and grow from it, and get back after it.
Best of luck!
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