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This common-sense advice from Barack Obama for career success

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Aneesh Raman had an extraordinary boss in the person of Barack Obama who was then President of the United States. Since he was in charge of writing his speeches, this employee also often had the opportunity to talk with his boss and he did not fail to give him some valuable advice for his career.< /p>

Barack Obama says: “Concern about what you want to do and not who you want to be”< /em>. The manager, a master in the art of storytelling, began with the aim of working for the local communities of Chicago by structuring them in a different way. He then continued his path at the local level and found himself in politics. We know the path that led him to the presidency at lightning speed.

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However, the democrat explained that he did not choose to become a parliamentarian at 30, or aim for any remuneration. His career would have been guided by his desire to achieve certain things that were close to his heart and that he loved doing.

Aneesh Raman listened to the president's advice and this led him on very diverse missions. He was thus a war correspondent for the channel CNNin the Middle East, or even responsible for the economic impact at Facebook. He now holds the position of vice-president and workforce expert at LinkedIn.

He explained to our colleagues at < em>CNBC that these titles make no sense. Only one common thread ties them all together: his passion for storytelling and building coalitions around economic opportunity. And that’s what led him to pursue these different professions.

Aneesh Raman therefore suggests that young people think more about impact than about a high-sounding title or remuneration. He believes that we learn what our key skills are and what we are passionate about between the ages of 20 and 25. Then, from ages 30 to 45, we apply these skills to an area of ​​expertise. Finally, after 45, you can start thinking about the impact you want to have on your business and on the world.

It can be objected that not all workers necessarily have a choice and are by definition subject to the contingencies of life which sometimes force them to accept jobs that do not correspond at all to their aspirations. In any case, this advice has the merit of emphasizing the quest for meaning and the pleasure of exercising a fulfilling profession, notions that are often neglected.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116