Question: If Warren Buffet offered you the choice of $200,000, or a 1 year internship - which would you choose?
Personally, while the idea of pocketing $200,000 may undoubtedly have its attractions, so does the idea of working directly for Warren Buffet!
Let me give you some background information on this guy Warren.
Buffet (Sort Of Rhymes With "Muppet")
Warren Buffet is a largely successful business man, philanthropist & investor. With a net worth equaling over $62 billion, Warren Buffet has, once again, graced the Forbes Top 400 Wealthiest People in America List, coming in at a cool #2. As the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet is a self-made billionaire and household name. This breadth of corporate success has positioned Warren Buffet as one of the most influential people in America!
Many of us will undoubtedly come to a crossroads in our career where we will be faced with the decision to choose between either title or salary. This choice can look either one of two ways (if there are more ways than this, please let me know):
1. An inflated title and a deflated salary.
2. A deflated title and an inflated salary.
Landing a job with a top title is hard work. These positions are coveted because of their ability to amp up your resume, and open you up for future corporate success. Companies are also aware of this, and may leverage this knowledge to their advantage by coupling a top title with a deflated salary.
Now before you go demanding both title and salary, understand that these two options have their own perks and drawbacks. In order to make the right decision for your career, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of each. When you are faced with this decision, here are just a few things to consider:
When I first heard that another rendition of Peter Pan was being released, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I thought, just how many versions of Peter Pan can be created? I mean, we have the original Peter Pan released in 1953 featuring Bobby Driscoll and Kathryn Beaumont. We have the 1960 release of Peter Pan featuring Mary Martin & Cyril Ritchard. Who can forget the 1991 release of Hook (a personal favorite) featuring Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Robin Williams. We also have the 2003 version of Peter Pan featuring Jeremy Sumpter and Jason Isaacs. Then we have the 2004 rendition of Peter Pan called Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. To my shocking surprise, there was also a TV show released in the UK called Neverland which starred Kiera Knightly; however, the mini-series only survived one season.
Needless to say, when I heard that Pan was coming out this summer - I was very curious as to just how directors would make this movie different from the rest. I went into that movie theatre thinking it was going to be just another rendition of the same old story, with the same old characters, and the same old villains.
I could not have been more wrong.
I spent 7 years of my life pursing higher education - earning my undergraduate degree in Business Management, and my Masters in Business Administration from Southeastern University (SEU). My first job out of college fell right into my lap (almost literally). I was spontaneously contacted by an old roommate (and friend) whose mother was looking for an Administrative Assistant. After some prayer and research on the company, I accepted the position with open arms and a resolute spirit. I was determined to make the position a starting point and use it to launch my career. I was determined to climb the corporate ladder and use the new position as an Administrative Assistant as a stepping stone.
After ten months in the Administrative Assistant role, I was promoted to a Sr. Account Management Analyst. This role came with a very sizable salary increase of $20,000.
How did a 25 year old recent graduate manage to earn a $20,000 salary increase within 10 months you ask? Well, I have included a list of 7 disciplines that made a $20,000 difference. These disciplines earned me a great reputation, and multiple opportunities very early on in my corporate career. These are all disciplines that I practiced while in my Administrative Assistant role, and continue to practice to this day.
1. Beat The Day
I firmly believe that the early bird get's the worm. I was taught by a friend and mentor the invaluable importance of waking up early and "beating the day." While in the admin role, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. every morning, and would be in the office by 6:30 a.m. The first thing I would do upon arriving was check and respond to emails. I did this for a number of reasons. Primarily, I wanted everyone to know that I was extremely disciplined and took my job very seriously. I also enjoyed the peaceful solitude that getting to work early provided. I was able to prep the office appropriately by stocking the coffee station, refilling the printers with paper, cleaning up the conference rooms etc. before anyone ever arrived. More on that in a few!