I am very passionate about translation and hungry to succeed; what advice can you provide that would help me channel this energy into actions that are really going to help my career?
Focus, and be methodical. Focus your energy and your efforts so that you aren’t just doing a scattershot approach. Start out by making sure you have what you need to succeed. Do you need extra qualifications, memberships, certifications, etc.? Go about getting them. Do you have a specialization? Have you figured out what your business model is, and how you’re going to attract customers? And once you have your first customers, make sure you focus on them and do a good job, instead of immediately trying to get more work. If you dive in with all your energy and don’t think ahead about where you’re going, you’ll just wind up spinning your wheels, hard. Keep the Latin adage in mind as you channel your passion: festina lente, or, make haste slowly.
-By Adriana Tassini
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