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Young people need to ‘play the long game’ to achieve lasting success in their career, says CEO—here’s how to start

By | Annika Kim Constantino |

Lasting success doesn’t happen overnight. Young people have to “play the long game” if they want to achieve it, according to one successful CEO. 

Matt Weiss, who leads the upcycled dried snacks company RIND, says young people often feel a tremendous amount of pressure to achieve success early in their careers. Reading annual “30 Under 30” lists or stories about self-made millionaires in their 20s can give young people the false impression that they should have short-term deadlines to succeed.

But Weiss says that’s the wrong way to go about it: Instead of trying to emulate those quick and flashy success stories, young people should work towards longer-term career goals.

This will help you build resilience and accumulate a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience — often after numerous years — in pursuit of those long-term goals. That’s the best way to set yourself up for lasting success, according to Weiss. 

“At the end of the day, there just aren’t any shortcuts in building a career or business that is successful in the long run. It can’t be forced,” Weiss tells CNBC Make It. “It takes time and requires young people to think more long term if they want to reach that kind of success.” 

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