2 Things Not To Worry About If You’re A New Grad

We’re in the graduation spirit here at 2313 Inc. in Farmington Hills! We’ve been speaking with the most impressive soon-to-be-college-grads, and we’re blown away by how much talent is about to enter the workforce.

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In getting to know all of our future team members, we’ve been inspired to share as much helpful advice as we can to help ease the transition between ending college and starting a first job. If you missed our last post on the subject, you can check it out here:  Graduating in May? 2313 Inc. Is Here To Tell You It’s Going To Be Okay.

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We can’t emphasize it enough: it really is going to be okay.

If you’ve been worrying about these 2 things (we know you have!), 2313 Inc. is here to encourage you to let yourself off the hook!

1 – Having the perfect post-graduation life plan.

We’ve all had that friend who’s had their entire life figured out since elementary school. And in actuality, you probably know several people who’ve had their “dream job” lined up since their sophomore year internship.

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If you’re still in the process of figuring out your own power moves, it’s okay! It’s difficult to know with certainty what you want to do with your life before you get out there and actually start doing it.

The smartest thing you can do is to just get out there. There is no “perfect career move.” The best thing you can do as a newbie to the workforce is gain as much experience as possible. As you start doing so, your next steps will become clearer and clearer.

2 – Paying for a chic apartment with a view.

We’ve all seen one too many reality shows that don’t actually exhibit realityso get that penthouse out of your mind. If you’re wondering how you’re going to manage paying for a luxury condo on an entry level budget — here’s the best answer we’ve got for you: don’t do this.

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The absolute smartest thing that you can do with your money when you’re first launching your career is to start saving it. Living beyond your means is never smart, but this is particularly important to remember when you’re just getting going. Your first apartment after college doesn’t have to be luxurious — you can look forward to that stuff later.

Find a place that checks most of your boxes and that will keep your financial stress to a minimum. Then, set some goals about where you’d like to live after you’ve spent a year (or 5 years, or 10 years — you get the idea) making and saving money. There is zero doubt that you will thank yourself later.


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3 Lessons We Can Learn From the Career of Roger Federer

giphy52313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) was just as surprised as anyone when Roger Federer won a record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title in 2017.

After his brutal 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons, everyone thought that this Swiss tennis player was simply past his prime. However, Federer has since impressed all of us with his resilience.

So what can we learn from Roger Federer’s long and successful career?

1. Never become complacent.

Federer has never stopped learning new tricks and techniques. He was beaten and outcompeted by a number of younger tennis players between 2012 and 2017. But instead of bowing out and taking his legacy into retirement, Federer practiced, adapted, and learned. The result was one of the greatest sports comebacks in history.

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2. You have to love the game.

You need to love what you do if you want to be a professional in anything. Whether it’s tennis or marketing, your passion truly makes the difference between mediocrity and greatness. When you watch Federer play, you can see that he has an immense love for his craft and his enthusiasm for the game of tennis. We can all learn from this because it is so incredibly important to find joy in what you do—just ask anyone at 2313 Inc.

3. Relentless preparation and thoughtful strategizing absolutely pay off.

The reason that Roger Federer’s return on the serve is so impressive is that he practices like a maniac. The average tennis serve comes in at over 100mph, which zips right by most players. Federer, however, is famous for his ability to return these lightning fast serves. Why? Because it’s what he focuses on.

Being aware of your own strengths and weaknesses is key. Federer knows that his fastest serves only reach about 130 mph. Other pros like Andy Roddick, for example, regularly serve over 140 mph and have a top serving speed of 155 mph. Federer knows that his strength does not lie in his serve, so he prepares by perfecting his return.

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4 Reasons Great Teams Fail [A List to Avoid At All Costs]

2313-inc-best-brightest2313 Inc. is proud to be an award winning team. (If you haven’t heard our exciting news, we were recently named as a ‘Best and Brightest’ company to work for — for the 4th year in a row!). We’re made up of motivated, hardworking, talented individuals who have proven over and over again that they have what it takes to excel in our industry.

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The 2313 Inc. team put our heads together and we came up with 4 mentalities to avoid — whether you’re a leader or member of a team.

1) Losing teams don’t take responsibility.

When a strong team loses, they know to learn from the experience so that they will do better in the future. When a weak team loses, they are quick to blame others and make excuses for their failure, never giving themselves the opportunity to assess the damage and figure out how to succeed the next time.

2) Losing teams don’t communicate effectively.

One of the biggest problems that losing teams seem to have in common is poor communication. Whether you’re a sports team or a sales team, constant and thorough communication is absolutely vital if you want to win. If the players on a team don’t know the plan, they’re more likely to trip over each other and make mistakes, which ultimately slows down progress and keeps them from scoring.

3) Losing teams aren’t willing to learn.

If you want to grow as a leader or professional, you have to always be willing to learn. The same goes for teams. When a team thinks that they know everything is when they are most likely to fail. In order to keep up with the competition, a team has to be committed to always becoming more knowledgeable.

4) Losing teams are selfish.

If your team wants people to support and help them, you have to be willing to support and help others first. Losing teams are so focused on their own success that they will often seek it to the detriment of others.

For more advice from 2313 Inc. on leadership, check out the other posts on our blog.

4 Quotes That Will Change the Way You Think About Money

At 2313 Inc., we firmly believe that you can never be too successful to gain new perspective. And whether you’re a millionaire mogul, a struggling startup owner, or anything in between, there is one thing that you should always be eager to learn a lesson or two about—money! That’s why we’ve gathered 4 of the best pieces of finance-related advice around, take a look!

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1. “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”—Jonathan Swift

There is no shortage of examples of people who have been ruined by greed. Don’t allow selfishness or the desire for wealth to stand in the way of what’s really important in life. Perhaps take a page out of Ken’s book: “If you’re willing to give before you get — if you think of others before yourself — ultimately, you’ll be set up to have an amazing life.”

2. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”—Maya Angelou

There is a lot of wisdom in this quote. People who focus their lives on the pursuit of money will never be completely satisfied with their achievements. The best way to live a life of real fulfillment is to dedicate your time to doing what you love. Focus on becoming great at your craft and the money will follow.

3. “Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.”—Benjamin Franklin

You’ve probably heard another version of this quote before: “money can’t buy happiness.” And it’s true. Money in itself isn’t fulfilling, it’s what you can create, build, give, and do with it that matters. To lead a happy and successful life, try choosing goals in which money isn’t the end point but the vehicle.

4. “The best thing money can buy is financial freedom.”—Rob Berger

That’s right, it’s not the fancy cars, clothes, and houses. The most significant thing that money can buy is financial independence. Being able to make choices is a prize far greater than material goods.

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4 Kinds of People to Surround Yourself With

At 2313 Inc. we believe that a solid support system can often be the difference between a good and a great career.

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When you’ve got great people supporting you, even the toughest times are tolerable. When you’re down and your challenges seem insurmountable, you’ve got those awesome people in your corner who help you keep going. When you’re questioning your goals, your choices, and even your identity, your squad has your back and will guide you back on course.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. When the wrong people make up your inner circle, everything in your life can seem more difficult. It can be harder to stay focused on your goals, and it can be all-the-more tempting to throw in the towel when obstacles come your way.

For this reason, it’s important to pay close attention to who you surround yourself with on a day to day basis.

Here are 4 kinds of people you want on your team:

1 – People who look on the bright side. Positive people will contribute to your overall productivity and confidence. You need people in your life who can be counted on to always see the good in every situation.

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2 – People who are on a mission too. Individuals who strive for the things they want in life are great role models to have around. These aren’t the people who will tell you to quit when times get tough; rather, they’ll know from their own personal experience how important it is to chase after your goals — especially when it’s the hardest.

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3 – People who will give it to you straight. Everyone needs the honest and constructive advice. Sometimes, you really need that friend who will give you tough love and just tell you the truth about a wrong turn you’ve made.

4 – Your biggest fans. Whether these people are your family, significant other, close friends or even your beloved pet, it is so great to have someone who always sees the best in you.

The people around you have a tremendous ability to influence your feelings of support and self-confidence whether they are colleagues, friends, or family members.

At 2313 Inc. we strive to build a supportive community and positive work environment—how do you build your own positive environment?

2 Lessons We Can Learn From Super Bowl Sunday

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We Detroit fans might not have a dog in the fight, but all of us at 2313 Inc. are still pumped for the upcoming Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4th. The New England Patriots are hoping to grab their 6th Super Bowl ring in Sunday’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tom Brady, who spent his college football career at the University of Michigan, will try to slice through one of the league’s toughest defenses; and if he gets his 6th ring, it will be hard not to call him the best of all time.

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Nick Foles (who has been filling in for Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, Carson Wentz), on the other hand, has never been recognized as an elite player since he was drafted in 2012. However, his performance and reliability has been remarkable and he will not make it easy for the Patriots.

The most important game of the year, on the biggest stage of them all, is full of lessons we should all learn! Here are 2 of our team’s biggest takeaways at 2313 Inc.

1. Never Give Up

Tom Brady didn’t get here by accident. The 40 year old veteran is always improving, adapting, and practicing to ensure he is prepared and unstoppable. Last year, the New England Patriots were down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. Atlanta fans were ecstatic because they could literally see the Lombardi Trophy awaiting them, while New England fans were submerged in sadness, hoping their team would at least score a few touchdowns so the blowout wouldn’t be so bad.

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As the story goes, the Patriots kicked it into gear after halftime. They knew what they needed to do and they didn’t let the hype, embarrassment, and noise affect their plan. Tom Brady ended up throwing for 2 touchdowns and 466 yards, ultimately beating the Falcons 34-28 and completing the largest Super Bowl comeback in NFL history. Even if the chips are down, there is always a chance for victory.

2. Be Reliable

When Carson Wentz tore his ACL, Philadelphia fans were certain their season was over. When it was realized that Nick Foles was now leading the team, there was no optimism to be found. However, instead of cracking under the pressure and opinions, Foles fulfilled his role and has lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl since the team’s loss to the Patriots in 2004. In business, you sometimes have to step up and take more responsibility than you’re used to — and who knows, perhaps you’ll SHINE! As we say daily at 2313 Inc.: know what your goal is, have a plan to get there, and develop a team who you can rely on!

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3 Great Questions to Launch Deeper Conversations

Here at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI), we are in the relationship building business. Not only is our competitive edge our ability to build bonds with our clients and their customers; but we also make a serious effort to get know our own people on a deeper level because it makes our team that much stronger.

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Whether you are at a business function or cocktail party, small-talk can be repetitive, awkward, and outright boring. Conversations that delve deep into engaging and meaningful topics are the ones that keep us entertained for hours!

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At 2313 Inc., we stress the importance of relationship-building beyond the surface level. We hope you’ll benefit from these 3 awesome questions to help you launch into deeper conversations in your own life!

1. “If you could go back to the beginning of your career and start over, would you do anything differently?”

This is an excellent question to set you up with a deep conversation with the person you’re talking to. If you’re lucky enough to ask this to someone you admire, you will open new doors and learn a lot more about their experience than you would through ordinary small talk. You can get into specifics and it will lead to different streams of deep conversation!

2. “What are the 3 things you are most passionate about?”

People love to talk about their passions—it’s a refreshing and personal switch from talking about the weather or traffic.! Picking a single favorite anything is always strenuous, so by giving them 3 options you are making it easier for them to decide. This question will also reveal the things they spend the most time and thought on, which will allow you to get to know them on a more personal level.

3. “What would be your perfect day?”

This is a great way to learn more about someone’s interests, goals, and desires. It’s a simple question, but it is one that will produce an insightful and honest answer. You will learn more about them as a person while being able to discuss each aspect of their ‘perfect day’, making for an awesome, deep conversation. Be sure to have the details of your own ‘perfect day’ ready to go because they will likely ask in return!

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