6 Important Lessons From My First 6 Years in Business

Optimism vanished quickly for me

Cal Axe
Cal Axe
Nov 23, 2020 · 5 min read

CEO’s Don’t Always Act Like Adults

“what did you expect to find here?”

“I don’t know, grown-ups.”

— The Big Short

We believe early in our careers that all CEO’s and business leaders are venerated. That they’re successful because they’ve done and said the right things. It’s a comforting thought, that if you display similar qualities, you too can rise above the masses.

Invest Your Own Money and Learn A New Skill

This one is a cliché at this point. “Just because you graduated from college doesn’t mean you stop learning.”

Spend Time With Your Friends, You Won’t Regret It

My friends and I recently rented a lake house for a weekend. We all live in different cities, but we usually make time to visit each other a few times a year. This year was different for obvious reasons. I hadn’t seen most of them since early 2019. My friends had planned to stay through Monday afternoon. I wanted to leave Sunday because, well, I didn’t want to miss a workday.

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Network Your Face Off

It’s great to be in the inner circle of influencers, celebrities, and CEOs. But this shouldn’t be your goal post-college.

Never Live Above Your Means

I screwed up big time a few years ago. I crushed my first year in brokerage. I was closing deals, making real money, and winning awards for excellent sales revenue. My company even flew me to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic, the company’s way of saying, “Hey, just stick with us, kid.”

Elevate Your coworkers, Without Looking At The Scoreboard

Corporations have a knack for breeding dog-eat-dog cultures. That the only way to climb the corporate ladder involves grabbing the person in front of you.

Always Do The Right Thing

“Experience is merely the name men give to their mistakes.”

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray ,

Dorian meant this tongue in cheek. The internal dialogue of an immortal dude with nothing to lose. Oscar Wilde was famous for his irony. The irony here is that, for the rest of us, nothing is more vital to growth than experience.

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Cal Axe

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Cal Axe

Commercial real estate broker, blogger, and researcher. 27 years old. And here’s my newsletter https://yoprolibrary.substack.com/

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Cal Axe

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Cal Axe

Commercial real estate broker, blogger, and researcher. 27 years old. And here’s my newsletter https://yoprolibrary.substack.com/

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