9 things college grads must do to succeed in business

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Many new college graduates will end up working for a small business; some will help launch a startup.

But in a real sense, these graduates are, themselves, the ultimate “startups.” So how do you succeed with the “startup of you?”
What does it take to create a successful startup?

•Bravely face risks. Startups are risky. College graduation is a major turning point in your life, one filled with the unknown. Be brave! Taking risks doesn’t mean being fool-hardy. It means realistically assessing situations, but not letting fear be the deciding factor. The only way to widen one’s comfort zone is to get out of it.

•Value work. Everyone in a startup has to work hard. Work is going to take up a significant portion of your life. So choose wisely. View your work life as a critical part of your personal development, not just a way to make money. Doing good work brings self-confidence and self-esteem.

•Surround yourself with smart people. When choosing where to live, think like a startup: Find an environment rich with smart people who think creatively, work exceptionally hard, challenge themselves. Find others that bring out the best in you, just as the people hired by a start-up determine its success.

•Think globally. The world you are entering never has been smaller, people more connected no matter where they live. It is likely that you will work with people from different countries, who speak different languages, have different values. View this as a great gift. Get to know them and their cultures. Take advantage of this diversity to widen your own world, too.

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