It’s been a great run with Accenture over the last few years, but I have recently made the decision to explore other career opportunities, including graduate school. However, I most certainly had to provide one final contribution to Accenture’s Consulting Analyst Blog. It’s been a good journey and it’s my hope that I have provided some solid advice and encouragement for those reading. If you see me around, please be sure to chat with me!
Not too long ago, my mother emailed me a presentation based on George Carlin’s view on “How to Stay Young”. This got my wheels turning! So I put together my own “Top 10” To Develop Yourself. These are lessons learned while developing my career with Accenture, and ones I will continue to apply in the future.
1. Build an awesome network of people around you. These people should be diverse and challenge the everyday status quo.
2. Always try your best to be honest and humble to yourself, family, colleagues, and the client! This will take you further in your career than you planned.
3. Laugh: hard, long and most importantly, LOL (Laugh Out Loud)! There is humor in every mistake and opportunity.
4. Learn something new every day! Visit a museum, Google a random topic, watch an educational television program, or even really listen to the lyrics of a song on a radio.
5. It’s the small and simple things in life that we should enjoy the most.
6. NEVER burn a bridge! You may never travel across that bridge again, but who knows you will. Word of mouth is still one of the most effective phenomenon in communication.
7. Get over it! The past has already occurred, and present is in our grasp, and the future is really all that matters. No guilt trips. Instead, take an international trip!
8. Saying “No” isn’t a bad thing. No, simply means that you don’t agree on some level. There is nothing wrong with boundaries. NOTE: Use Rule #2 to be humble in expressing your view on the matter.
9. Remember that PIE is real. Life is 10% (P)erformance, 30% (I)magine, and 60% (E)xposure.
10. “Don’t let no [any] grass grow under your feet.”
If any of the above resonates with you, I encourage you to print this out and hang them somewhere! These 10 Rules have made an invaluable difference in my personal and professional development. Hopefully they will do the same for you.
As I move on to my next adventure, I look forward to staying connected with Accenture through the Accenture Alumni Network (see Rule #1!).
All the best,
Editorial Note: We, at Accenture, wish Jason the best of luck with all of this future endeavors.