CHAPTER 2Don’t Be the DOPE: The Successful Young Professional’s Mindset

What to Expect: This chapter outlines the foundation for a concept and persona referenced throughout the book, the Successful Young Professional (or STAR). What makes her/him successful? What does she/he do to build a strong foundation for a successful career? What mistakes does she/he avoid? This chapter addresses these questions and will also introduce you to the opposite of the STAR, the DOPE.

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.

—Jim Rohn

Building almost anything takes focus and the ability to think things through, from building ...

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