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20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get

VIEW THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE I started Docstoc in my 20’s, made the cover of one of those cliché “20 Under 20” lists, and today I employ an amazing group of 20-somethings….

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I started Docstoc in my 20’s, made the cover of one of those cliché “20 Under 20” lists, and today I employ an amazing group of 20-somethings. Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and I see this generation making their own. In response, here are my 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get.

Time is Not a Limitless Commodity  I so rarely find young professionals that have aheightened sense of urgency to get to the next level. In our 20s we think we have all the time in the world to A) figure it out and B) get what we want. Time is the only treasure we start off with in abundance, and can never get back. Make the most of the opportunities you have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it.

You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated  Congratulations, you may be the most capable, creative, knowledgeable & multi-tasking generation yet. As my father says, “I’ll Give You a Sh-t Medal.” Unrefined raw materials (no matter how valuable) are simply wasted potential. There’s no prize for talent, just results. Even the most seemingly gifted folks methodically and painfully worked their way to success. (Tip: read “Talent is Overrated”)

We’re More Productive in the Morning  During my first 2 years at Docstoc (while I was still in my 20’s) I prided myself on staying at the office until 3am on a regular basis. I thought I got so much work done in those hours long after everyone else was gone. But in retrospect I got more menial, task-based items done, not the more complicated strategic planning, phone calls or meetings that needed to happen during business hours. Now I stress an office-wide early start time because I know, for the most part, we’re more productive as a team in those early hours of the day.

[More from Forbes: The 10 Most Important Lessons For 20-Something Workers]

Social Media is Not a Career – These job titles won’t exist in 5 years. Social media is simply a function of marketing; it helps support branding, ROI or both. Social media is a means to get more awareness, more users or more revenue.  It’s not an end in itself. I’d strongly caution against pegging your career trajectory solely to a social media job title.

Pick Up the Phone – Stop hiding behind your computer. Business gets done on the phone and in person.  It should be your first instinct, not last, to talk to a real person and source business opportunities. And when the Internet goes down… stop looking so befuddled and don’t ask to go home. Don’t be a pansy, pick up the phone.

Be the First In & Last to Leave ­– I give this advice to everyone starting a new job or still in the formative stages of their professional career. You have more ground to make up than everyone else around you, and you do have something to prove. There’s only one sure-fire way to get ahead, and that’s to work harder than all of your peers.

Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do – You can’t have a sense of entitlement without a sense of responsibility. You’ll never get ahead by waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Saying “nobody asked me to do this” is a guaranteed recipe for failure. Err on the side of doing too much, not too little. (Watch: Millennials in the Workplace Training Video)

Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes – You should be making lots of mistakes when you’re early on in your career.  But you shouldn’t be defensive about errors in judgment or execution. Stop trying to justify your F-ups. You’re only going to grow by embracing the lessons learned from your mistakes, and committing to learn from those experiences.

You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked – Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada” would be the most valuable boss you could possibly have. This is the most impressionable, malleable and formative stage of your professional career. Working for someone that demands excellence andpushes your limits every day will build the most solid foundation for your ongoing professional success.

[More from Forbes: The Best Value Colleges 2013]

A New Job a Year Isn’t a Good Thing ­­– 1-year stints don’t tell me that you’re so talented that you keep outgrowing your company. It tells me that you don’t have the discipline to see your own learning curve through to completion. It takes about 2-3 years to master any new critical skill, give yourself at least that much time before you jump ship. Otherwise your resume reads as a series of red flags on why not to be hired.

People Matter More Than Perks – It’s so trendy to pick the company that offers the most flex time, unlimited meals, company massages, game rooms and team outings. Those should all matter, but not as much as the character of your founders and managers. Great leaders will mentor you and will be a loyal source of employment long after you’ve left. Make a conscious bet on the folks you’re going to work for and your commitment to them will pay off much more than those fluffy perks.

Map Effort to Your Professional Gain – You’re going to be asked to do things you don’t like to do. Keep your eye on the prize. Connect what you’re doing today, with where you want to be tomorrow. That should be all the incentive you need. If you can’t map your future success to your current responsibilities, then it’s time to find a new opportunity.

Speak Up, Not Out – We’re raising a generation of sh-t talkers. In your workplace this is a cancer. If you have issues with management, culture or your role & responsibilities, SPEAK UP. Don’t take those complaints and trash-talk the company or co-workers on lunch breaks and anonymous chat boards. If you can effectively communicate what needs to be improved, you have the ability to shape your surroundings and professional destiny.

You HAVE to Build Your Technical Chops – Adding “Proficient in Microsoft Office” at the bottom of your resume under Skills, is not going to cut it anymore. I immediately give preference to candidates who are ninjas in: Photoshop, HTML/CSS, iOS, WordPress, Adwords, MySQL, Balsamiq, advanced Excel, Final Cut Pro – regardless of their job position. If you plan to stay gainfully employed, you better complement that humanities degree with some applicable technical chops.

Both the Size and Quality of Your Network Matter – It’s who you know more than what you know, that gets you ahead in business. Knowing a small group of folks very well, or a huge smattering of contacts superficially, just won’t cut it. Meet and stay connected to lots of folks, and invest your time developing as many of those relationships as possible. (TIP: Here is my Networking Advice)

You Need At Least 3 Professional Mentors – The most guaranteed path to success is to emulate those who’ve achieved what you seek. You should always have at least 3 people you call mentors who are where you want to be. Their free guidance and counsel will be the most priceless gift you can receive.  (TIP: “The Secret to Finding and Keeping Mentors”)

[More from Forbes: The 10 Happiest Cities For Young Professionals]

Pick an Idol & Act “As If” – You may not know what to do, but your professional idol does. I often coach my employees to pick the businessperson they most admire, and act “as if.” If you were (fill in the blank) how would he or she carry themselves, make decisions, organize his/her day, accomplish goals? You’ve got to fake it until you make it, so it’s better to fake it as the most accomplished person you could imagine.  (Shout out to Tony Robbins for the tip.)

Read More Books, Less Tweets/Texts – Your generation consumes information in headlines and 140 characters:  all breadth and no depth. Creativity, thoughtfulness and thinking skills are freed when you’re forced to read a full book cover to cover. All the keys to your future success, lay in the past experience of others. Make sure to read a book a month (fiction or non-fiction) and your career will blossom.

Spend 25% Less Than You Make – When your material needs meet or exceed your income, you’re sabotaging your ability to really make it big. Don’t shackle yourself with golden handcuffs (a fancy car or an expensive apartment). Be willing and able to take 20% less in the short term, if it could mean 200% more earning potential. You’re nothing more than penny wise and pound-foolish if you pass up an amazing new career opportunity to keep an extra little bit of income. No matter how much money you make, spend 25% less to support your life. It’s a guaranteed formula to be less stressed and to always have the flexibility to pursue your dreams.

Your Reputation is Priceless, Don’t Damage It – Over time, your reputation is the most valuable currency you have in business. It’s the invisible key that either opens or closes doors of professional opportunity. Especially in an age where everything is forever recorded and accessible,your reputation has to be guarded like the most sacred treasure.  It’s the one item that, once lost, you can never get back.

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Wed Jul

Ricotta Crostini Time

Top Row: hard boiled egg and chives; cucumbers, mint and dill; smoked salmon and dill Second Row: leeks caramelized in butter; strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar; extra-virgin olive oil, lemon zest and sea salt Third…

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Ricotta Crostinis

Top Row: hard boiled egg and chives; cucumbers, mint and dill; smoked salmon and dill

Second Row: leeks caramelized in butter; strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar; extra-virgin olive oil, lemon zest and sea salt

Third Row: radishes and sea salt; smoked salmon and dill; blueberries and honey

Bottom Row: cucumbers, mint and dill; hazelnuts and apricot jam; tomatoes and basil pesto

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Wed Jul

Fig Thyme Cocktail

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz pisco 1/4 oz Cointreau 1/2 oz thyme simple syrup 1/2 oz lime juice 1 fig (quartered) sprig of thyme and 1/2 fig for garnish Thyme Simple…

Fig Thyme Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz pisco
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz thyme simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 fig (quartered)
  • sprig of thyme and 1/2 fig for garnish

Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 sprigs of thyme

Directions:

Start by making the thyme simple syrup. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, add thyme and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove thyme and pour into a heat-safe glass jar.  Let cool before using in your cocktail. Label your jar with the date and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

To make the cocktail, add fig (quartered) and thyme simple syrup to the bottom of your mixing glass. Break up the pieces of fig by muddling lightly. If your fig is nice and ripe you probably won’t even need a muddler. I used my barspoon!

Once muddled, you’ll immediately notice the vibrant colors of the fig bleeding into your glass. Next, fill your mixing glass with ice, and add the remaining few ingredients.

Snap your shaking tin on top of your mixing glass and seal it into place with a firm whack with the palm of your hand. Give it a good shake for a full 10 seconds. Make sure you smile, especially if you’re alone at home with your dog (like me)!

Crack open your shaker and double strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and half of a fig. Before taking a sip make sure you take a whiff of this wonderfully aromatic cocktail. Enjoy!!

Read More: http://honestlyyum.com/3920/fig-thyme/

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Wed Jul

Boozy Lime, Honey, & Lemongrass Popsicles

Ingredients: 1 cup raw honey 2 cups water 1/2 stick lemon grass, cut into 1 inch long pieces with the layers separated 4 limes, juiced (about 1/2 cup of lime…

Lime Honey and Lemongrass Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 stick lemon grass, cut into 1 inch long pieces with the layers separated
  • 4 limes, juiced (about 1/2 cup of lime juice)
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Directions:

Bring the water and honey to a boil over medium high heat until the honey has dissolved into the water. Add the lemon grass, lower to a simmer, and allow the syrup to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, scoop the lemon grass out of the syrup, and set the syrup aside to cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, whisk together the syrup, tequila, lime juice, and coconut milk. Pour the liquid into popsicle moulds and place in the freezer. The coconut milk will separate and freeze in a creamy while layer at the top of the popsicle, while the cocktail mixture retains a lovely gold hue. Freeze overnight and serve the next day.

As stated in the recipe note, boozy popsicles are softer than their non-alcoholic friends, because of this I recommend wrapping your hand around the outside of each frozen popsicle mould for 10 seconds before pulling out the popsicle. This will help melt the outside of the popsicle just enough to loosen its grip on the mould so that it won’t break when you try to pull it out.

Read more: http://www.adventures-in-cooking.com/2013/06/boozy-lime-honey-lemongrass-popsicles.html#ixzz2XwxVcpnA
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Wed Jul

Peach Lemonade Coolers

Ingredients: 2 medium sized, ripe peaches, peeled, halved and pitted 1/2 cup lemonade 1 ounce vodka of choice Directions: Puree the peaches and lemonade in a blender until smooth. Pour vodka…

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized, ripe peaches, peeled, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1 ounce vodka of choice

Directions:

Puree the peaches and lemonade in a blender until smooth. Pour vodka over ice in a rocks glass.  Top off with peach-lemonade puree.

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Wed Jul

Iced Mocha with Coffee Cubes

Ingredients: 6 oz coffee 4 tsp cocoa powder 6 oz milk Directions: Coffee is used to create ice cubes. Add coffee cubes into cup with cocoa and milk.

Iced Mocha With Coffee Cubes

Coffee and Milk cubes

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz coffee
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 6 oz milk

Directions:

Coffee is used to create ice cubes. Add coffee cubes into cup with cocoa and milk.

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Wed Jul

Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe

In tall glass, muddle mint leaves, Lavender syrup, lime juice, blueberries, pinch of ground cardamom and rum. Muddle just enough to combine flavors, being careful not to over-muddle. Fill glass…

In tall glass, muddle mint leaves, Lavender syrup, lime juice, blueberries, pinch of ground cardamom and rum. Muddle just enough to combine flavors, being careful not to over-muddle. Fill glass with crushed ice. Top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 ½ parts Rum
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 10-12 blueberries
  • Pinch of ground Cardamom
  • Club soda
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Wed Jul

4th of July Jello Shot Recipes for College Students

Star Spangled Jello Shots View the Recipe Ingredients: 3 ounces berry blue Jell-O 6 ounces blueberry vodka 1 package plain gelatin 2-1/2 ounces raspberry vodka 3 ounces sweetened condensed milk…

Star Spangled Jello Shots

Star Spangled Jello Shots

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces berry blue Jell-O
  • 6 ounces blueberry vodka
  • 1 package plain gelatin
  • 2-1/2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 3 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 ounces strawberry Jell-O
  • 6 ounces strawberry vodka
  • Boiling water
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Heat six ounces water to boiling. Pour boiling water into a bowl with blue Jell-O and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in blueberry vodka.
  2. Pour into an 8 x 8-inch glass pan and refrigerate until solid.
  3. Once the blue layer is solid, sprinkle package of plain gelatin over five ounces of water in a small saucepan. Let sit for a few minutes, then turn on low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk until incorporated. Remove from heat. Whisk in raspberry vodka.
  4. Pour mixture over the blue layer and return immediately to the refrigerator. Refrigerate until solid.
  5. Once the white layer is solid, heat six ounces water to boiling. Pour boiling water into a bowl with strawberry Jell-O and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in strawberry vodka.
  6. Pour mixture over the white layer and return immediately to the refrigerator. Refrigerate until solid.
  7. When Jell-O is completely set, sit bottom of pan in a small amount of hot water for one to two minutes to loosen. Run a knife around the edges of the Jell-O and turn over onto a large sheet pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  8. Place the star-shaped cutter in hot water, then cut out shapes. (Alternatively, use a sharp knife to cut into blocks or other shapes.)

 

4th of July Jello Shooters

4th of July Jello Shooters

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Makes 72 mini or 24-30 regular shots (based on using mini muffin and regular sized pans.)Preparation: Lightly spray wells with bake spray. Wipe off excess (only a light coat is needed.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large blueberry Jell-O Box (prepared according to “fast set” box instructions)
  • 1 large cherry Jell-O Box (prepared according to “fast set” box instructions)
  • 2, 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups water; divided use
  • 8, single packs of Knox Gelatin, divided use
  • 2 cups of vodka, divided use

Instructions:

  1. Prepare blueberry and cherry Jell-O according to “fast set” instructions; set aside.
  2. Measure out ½ cup water into a bowl and sprinkle 2 packets of gelatin on top and allow to bloom for 2-3 minutes. Pour bloomed mixture into a saucepan over low heat. Stir mixture constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and pour dissolved gelatin into blueberry Jell-O.  Add ½ cup of vodka to blueberry Jell-O mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Repeat step two for the cherry Jell-O.
  4. Empty sweetened, condensed milk into a bowl; set aside. Measure out 2 cups of water into a large shallow dish like a pie plate. Sprinkle 4 packets of gelatin on top and allow to bloom for about 2-3 minutes. Pour bloomed mixture into a saucepan over low heat. Stir the mixture constantly until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and pour the dissolved gelatin into the sweetened ,condensed milk. Add 1 cup vodka to mixture and stir to combine.

Assembly:

Note: For the mini muffin pans use one teaspoon for each layer. For a regular sized muffin pans use one tablespoon for each layer. Keep in mind that each subsequent layer will need less time to chill and set.

  1. Remove chilled pan from refrigerator. Measure and pour out 1 teaspoon or tablespoon of cherry Jell-O into wells. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for about seven minutes to set.
  2. Remove the pan from the refrigerator. Measure and pour one teaspoon or tablespoon of sweetened, condensed milk on top of cherry layer. Return pan to refrigerator and chill for 5-7 minutes to set.
  3. Remove the pan from refrigerator. Measure and pour one teaspoon or tablespoon of blueberry Jell-O on top of the sweetened, condensed milk layer. Return  pan to refrigerator and chill for 3-5 minutes to set.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until the wells are filled.

To remove:

  1. Gently press finger into Jello shots and pull it towards the center away from the walls. Use a finger from your other hand to leverage out the Jello shot.

4th of July Jello shots

4th of July Jello Shots

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makes 16
24 hrs

Bottoms up!

  • 1 package (3 oz) watermelon jello
  • 1 package (3 oz) berry blue jello
  • 2 cups Malibu coconut rum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (depending on your sweetness preference)

Boil 1 cup of water. Empty watermelon jello packet into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over jello powder. Stir until jello dissolves. Add one cup of coconut rum. Stir. Pour into shot glasses filling the glass only 1/3 of the way. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours or until jello is firm.

Boil 1 cup of water. Empty berry blue jello packet into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over jello powder. Stir until jello dissolves. Add one cup of coconut rum. Stir. Pour into shot glasses over red jello filling the glasses only 2/3 of the way. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours or until jello is firm.

In a large bowl, beat heavy whipping cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form.

When ready to serve, top shots with whipped cream!

 

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4th of July Jello Shots

 

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