101 Secrets for Your Twenties

Disclosure: The author of the book I’m referencing in this post mailed me a free copy of his book and asked that I write about it if I liked it, with the full understanding that I was under no obligation to write about it, especially if I didn’t like it. Turns out, I loved it and wanted to share it with you. I was in no way paid to do this and all opinions are my own. I only share resources on this blog that I personally think will be helpful to my readers. 
 
I got Paul Angone’s new book 101 Secrets For Your Twenties in the mail yesterday. I opened it up and read it completely in one sitting, with laughter punctuating every few minutes. 
 
I’m currently twenty-six, so I loved the way this book outlines the twenty-something crisis with humor and a healthy dose of reality, plus heaping helpings of hope.  
 
My first few years out of college left me feeling frustrated and depressed; you could often find me gorging on Oreos and Full House re-runs, wondering if I’d ever feel like myself again. 
 
I read a lot of books about the twenty-something crisis during that time, but none made me feel like what I was going through was part of the process of getting to where I eventually wanted to go
 
A lot of them felt like they were saying “yes, there is a 20-something crisis, aren’t you glad everyone is miserable and it’s not just you?” I wanted more. I wanted hope. I wanted something to do. I also needed to laugh. 
 
Paul’s book will definitely make you laugh, make you feel less alone, appreciate this time of live, and give you courage to take the risks necessary to take your life where you want it to go. 
 
Below are some of my favorite secrets and tips in the book:
 
#2 The possibility for greatness and embarrassment both exist in the same space. If you are not willing to be embarrassed, you’re probably not willing to be great.”
 
#3 Making and keeping friendships in your 20s is harder than G.I. Joe’s abs.
 
Giving everything you have to find the right job is the most important job you’ll ever have.
 
#22 The grass is always greener on the other side, until you get there and realize it’s because of all the manure.”
 
From the “22 Signs You’re Having a Quarter-Life Crisis” list: “You glare at your cat as you get ready for work and say “Gosh I wish I had your life.”
 
#43 The most dangerous job you can have in your 20s is a comfortable one. 
 
#99 Success in your 20s is more about setting the table than enjoying the feast.
 
I watched a special on TV billionaire Simon Cowell once where he was being interviewed about the unprecedented success of American Idol. He sat back in his interview chair and, looking sincere and thoughtful, told the interviewer that the best part of the experience was really the beginning, when they were working long hours, taking risks, and had no idea if what they were doing would be successful. That part, he said, was the most fun. 
 
Growth is painful, but looking back, even billionaires find working to make the money was way more exciting than having it.

How to use what you learn in your first job to create your own

This summer I connected with some amazing professionals who were willing to share their wisdom. Each profile will feature how their first job out of college led to their amazing careers today (that they love, by the way), as well as their advice to help you do the same.
 
First Job Profile: Douglas Brown, Founder of CDB Productions
I met Douglas during my first job out of college. I was working for a community college and Douglas was shooting one of our TV commercials (that I happened to be in.) 

It was my first time on TV and I was pretty nervous – Douglas made me feel at ease and was truly the person who gave me confidence to do all the things I do on video now. He’s an awesome guy who’s created his own successful production company with a client list that includes organizations like 
ABC Television, Discover Channel, Disney Channel, ESPN, and MTV Network.

1) What was your first job out of college and how did you get it?

My first job out of college was as a television news Videographer/Editor at WOWK-TV News. During my college years, I worked part-time for WOWK as a way to pay for my college education. 

Like many college students, it was necessary for me to work during my college years. Unlike many students today, I was able to secure a job within my field as a Freshman in college. This experience proved invaluable to my future success in the television productions industry.

2) What was the most important thing you learned from your first job?

I learned so much from working for WOWK-TV, not just how to technically handle my job, but, more importantly, how to deal with responsibility. 

I would say the most important thing I learned was how to professionally deal with colleagues, co-workers and management to become a useful team member. Working within a team is a skill that is often overlooked and becoming a useful team member is an asset that will last throughout your professional career.

3) What did you to leverage your first job to help you get where you are today?

My first job taught me the “business” of television production. I was expected to technically execute my job, therefore I needed to work hard and stay current with all the ever changing industry trends, however I quickly learned the business side as well. Soon I was able to leverage my skill set to start a production company.

4) What advice do you have for a recent graduate who is struggling to find their first job after college?

My advice is to find something you love, first and foremost, and “do it”! In my case, I loved photography. Photography led to a job as a television news Videographer. Nobody taught me photography, I learned on my own because I loved taking photos and working in the darkroom. I was confident in my abilities as a photographer which allowed me the self-confidence to secure my first job.
 
Thanks Douglas!