25-year-old CEO shares 5 tricks to fast-track your career in 2017

Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip.

Source: Crown Business | Penguin Random House

Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip.

1. Use a notebook

Wong carries a notebook to jot down ideas and notes. In proposal meetings with companies like Amazon, Wong’s ability to succinctly pitch an idea helped him succeed.

Summarizing your thoughts helps you formulate a proposal before you go into a meeting or talk to your boss.

“When you [record your ideas], you can usually tell in one or two pages if an idea is smart or stupid,” Wong writes.

It also helps you remember directions your boss gives you, which Wong says can separate great employees from average ones.

“If you don’t write things down, you end up cluttering your mind, leaving less memory storage for more important things,” Wong says, “and less brain capacity for other process, including creativity.”