Jason Nazar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc, which provides documents and resources to start, develop and expand small businesses.

His site has over 30 million members and 25 million monthly visitors, and in a recent Forbes article, he offers some savvy perspective to young Americans hoping to also be successful.

Time is Not a Limitless Commodity –… Time is the only treasure we start off with in abundance, and can never get back.  Make the most of the opportunities you have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it.

You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated – ….  There’s no prize for talent, just results.  Even the most seemingly gifted folks methodically and painfully worked their way to success.

We’re More Productive in the Morning –….  Now I stress an office-wide early start time because I know, for the most part, we’re more productive as a team in those early hours of the day.

Social Media is Not a Career – These job titles won’t exist in 5 years. Social media is simply a function of marketing; it helps support branding, ROI or both.  S…

Pick Up the Phone – Stop hiding behind your computer. Business gets done on the phone and in person.  It should be your first instinct, not last, to talk to a real person and source business opportunities.  ….

Be the First In & Last to Leave ­– I give this advice to everyone starting a new job or still in the formative stages of their professional career.  You have more ground to make up than everyone else around you, and you do have something to prove.  There’s only one sure-fire way to get ahead, and that’s to work harder than all of your peers.

Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do – You can’t have a sense of entitlement without a sense of responsibility….

Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes – You should be making lots of mistakes when you’re early on in your career.  But you shouldn’t be defensive about errors in judgment or execution…..

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20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get (Forbes)