Working for visionary bosses, I have uncovered a significant area of success – become an entrepreneur in your own business. No matter how humble your business is, or how big it becomes, it's important to keep up a contagious desire for fresh ideas and opportunities.

You are not your resume…
When you are 26, your resume and positions may not be the conventional route for a career in your industry. Yet, you should inventory your skills – such as being a powerful and compelling advocate – and recognizing you have plenty of powers that weren't on your resume. You might feel out of place in a company full of engineers. Recognize that you have the skills to perform in that environment. It's easy to limit yourself since you believe you don't have the proper background or title, but if you do a complete and honest review you oftentimes see you actually have the power to take on the most intimidating challenge.

Go with your gut…
If you don't listen to your gut instinct, you lack the opportunity to discover a new idea. From Einstein's theory of relativity to industry-changing businesses, extraordinary ideas have frequently sprung from one individual’s hunch. After you’ve found that cosmic idea, there comes the time to evaluate and trial run it. Surround yourself with talented teams and vested people who can filter out inferior ideas, check facts, and then carry the ideas that make the most sense. Those unique thoughts will rise to the top and everyone will see it.

It's a jog, not a sprint…
This keeps you from buckling under short-term misdirection so you could concentrate on long-term success. For instance, you must decide whether you should make privacy of user information a distinctive feature of your company. You must realize that it’s better in the end for you to talk to other top Internet companies and collectively promote privacy to urge more people to go online.

Get your hands dirty…
No job is too small if you handle it properly. If someone hands me a sheet of paper covered in coffee stains, I’m saddened. Their work is a mirror image of how they address their job and their respect for me as a coworker or manager. I have witnessed that the most fortunate people -- the "rocks stars" -- step up and do what has to be done. They never have an excuse or believe tasks are below them. And that includes the greatest bosses. I have observed that women are oftentimes so centered on 100% perfection in the task at hand that they don't realize what else needs to be done. They're missing the opportunity to think of the situation they want in the future.

Diversify boundaries and styles of thinking…
A self-made entrepreneur is part of a bigger universe and must forever broaden their perception and think beyond. Give yourself some time to dwell in passionate optimism and creative thinking. It’s simple once you push yourself to learn and think differently. No matter how successful you become, you should always give yourself space to expand and grow.