Age is Just a Number: How to Make an Impact

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Posted by The Editors on February 9, 2012
Age is Just a Number: How to Make an Impact

Now that football season is over and the Giants have come out on top (Go G-MEN!), it leaves a gaping hole in my weekly sports entertainment schedule. College basketball has never interested me as much as the NBA, but after watching this clip of Austin Rivers, a guard for the Duke Blue Devils, I found myself inspired, and not just by his game-winning shot over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Take a look at the video and see if you can pinpoint the quote I’m getting at. (I swear, I am getting to a career-related point.)

In so many words, renowned commentator Dick Vitale addresses Rivers’ young age, commenting that even freshmen can make an impact.

I come across so many newbies, whether they are new to their career or to college, and they think that just because of their inexperience, they can’t make a difference. In this day and age, a statement like this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just ask Rivers, who brought an entire basketball stadium to hysterics, tears, and cheers.  There are plenty of people I could pinpoint who fall into the “young, talented, and impactful” category, and with a Google search you could find them too.

In case you’re wondering how to capitalize on your own awesomeness, here are four ways you can make an impact, regardless of your age or experience level.

1. Think, Think, Think!
Have an original idea? Run with it! You never know if it could turn into the next big thing.

2. Don’t Doubt Yourself
From the wise words of musician, Billy Joel, “If you wonder too much, if it worries you too much that this is what you should be doing, and if you doubt yourself too much, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.” Doubt is like the friend that constantly brings you down to make herself feel better. It will suck the greatness right out of you.

3. Surround Yourself With Great Minds
Great minds think alike, right? Great minds have also been known to think bigger, better, and focus on what’s in store for the future. For instance, you don’t want someone on your team reverting back to paper when the future is in digital. 

4. Use Your Resources
The web is your friend (most of the time). Use what’s available to you and roll with the punches. Are you a photographer? Start using Instagram and posting your pictures on Tumblr. Maybe you aspire to be the next Justin Bieber (another person who’s made an impact at a young age). Start posting videos on YouTube of yourself singing. It worked for the Biebs, Greyson Chance, and this little Nicki Minaj fan whose mom posted her singing Super Bass on YouTube. It got her a spot on the Ellen Show and a chance to spit some rhymes with Nicki herself!

Maybe you’re already capitalizing on all these web applications but are struggling find one place where you can host links to all your sites. Make it easy for people to find you. Try out the website about.me. It acts as a personal page that points users to your content from all around the web.

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