Instructions For A New Generation

Rule number one is escape from any generalization, from any commonplace, closing in those mental fences that dissuade us from trying.

Rule number two, in fact, is to seize the opportunities. Work does not come to you, especially what you are interested in, which corresponds to your passions, sometimes to your dreams. You’re the one who has to go looking for it, stubbornly, near home or away. Whoever appears to us to be really accomplished at work is often one who has done it himself, with tenacity, often at first made many sacrifices, clashed with the hostility of the family, stumbled several times, but did not desist until to create a professional, commercial and entrepreneurial activity from scratch and have improved it, expanded, extended beyond national borders.

Rule number three, we need to know the context. To pursue one’s passions, yes, but also not to complicate one’s life. Crisis, globalization, technological innovation are examples that can quickly occur situations in which some works are destined to extinction and others to great development.

So, the fourth rule is never stop forming. Everything changes quickly and you have to be ready.

Finally, the fifth: having the courage to never sell off one’s dignity. There will also be an employer who can offer you a fairly paid job and the chance to demonstrate your skills while you are learning. Maybe you have to move, study, do somersaults to get to the end of the month. What matters is investing in themselves, looking around, seizing opportunities, wanting to improve. Always. With perseverance.

As a President of the United States once said:

Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Not talent: nothing is more common than failed talented men. Not genius: the misunderstood genius is now a commonplace. Not even education sometimes helps: the world is full of educated derelicts. Only perseverance and determination are omnipotent.

Aldo Delli Paoli
Aldo Delli Paoli
After classical studies and the Bachelor Degree in Law, I have had experience of teaching law and economics in high school, completed the legal and notarial practice, admitted to the lawyer bar since 1975, I worked as a civil lawyer for about 4 years. In 1970 I joined General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Italy, the financing company of General Motors, where I made different kinds of experience serving in leadership roles and as a CEO as well as a board member (credit collection, district manager, retail contract acquisition, wholesale and retail credit risk manager, recruitment and training of Human Resources, analysis and management of corporate law issues, new branch development, introduction of flexibility tools and outsourcing, partnership projects (SAAB, Subaru), Quality Council, Units relations, branch closures, analysis and restructuring of organizational processes, compliance, change management. In December 2004 I retired maintaining the role of an external member of the Board and head of the Vigilance Committee up to April 2008. I collaborated with the magazine "Autoperator" on financial services matters, to Corriere della Sera & Sole 24Ore on any labor matters.


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Larry Tyler

Sage advice for not only a novice but also for a seasoned wayfarer of life.

Len Bernat

Aldo – Great advice with common sense logic behind it. Glad to see you contributing your wisdom through this forum.

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