Want to coin it in business? Then this is how to master it

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Want to coin it in business? Then this is how to master it

Businessman Barry Ritholtz shares insight into the 10 things he wishes he knew when he started his career

Barry Ritholtz

The best part of my job as host of the Masters in Business podcast is that I get to sit down with an incredibly talented and accomplished person each week to discuss their life and career. I save my favourite question for last: “What do you know today about your chosen field that you wish you knew when you were first starting out years ago?” Answers like “I wish I bought Apple shares when they were at $2” are not what I’m seeking.

I am aiming for something along the lines of what hard-won insight they gained over the course of their careers that would have been useful had they learnt it earlier. It is not a “time-machine” question, but rather one of process. This is probably why it is also a hit among listeners. I previously addressed why I ask the questions I do, but this one deserves a deeper look. So I spent some time thinking about it and the result is 10 things I wish I understood when I first started out: 

Build your skill stack: Just because you finished your formal education does not mean you are finished learning. Education truly begins when you start working in the real world. Continuing to learn new concepts and ideas that can help you succeed in professional situations is too important to be left to chance. This can be done by taking classes, reading non-fiction and learning. ..

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