Let me tell you a little about my 30-year-old self.
For part of my career at the old XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego, I cohosted a nightly show called The XTRA Sports Hour. It was like SportsCenter on radio.
I was able to crank out creative scripts in a short time. I’d finish quickly and have an hour or more before airtime.
I would waste that hour.
Oftentimes I’d go to the back office and talk to my now-wife on the telephone. Other times I’d read or do who knows what.
When I pondered the advice I would give to my 30-year-old self, I thought of this story, and it was a hard place to go. I’m not proud of that aspect of my 30-year-old self.
I was selfish.
I was only in it for me. Instead of wasting that hour, I could have helped the other guys with their scripts. I could have helped record and cut sound for the show.
I didn’t realize my selfishness was hurting my chances for advancement.
So what advice would I give to my 30-year-old self?
Be a team player. You’ll get what you want by helping enough other people get what they want.
Is the trash can full? Empty it, even if it’s someone else’s job.
Notice what needs to be done. Do it, even if it’s not your job.
Work beyond your position description.