What three things would you tell a young person who aspires to become a CEO?
Be patient, because it doesn't always happen overnight or as fast as you want it. And you have to sometimes have a little luck, to be in the right place at the right time.
Choose the right company. Don't go for the title. It might mean you're taking a job title that doesn't sound that great, like sales representative. You might be vice-president of sales at XYZ company, and you're just a glorified sales representative. Or you could be a sales representative for a company like Procter & Gamble, and you can get a lot of autonomy and responsibility with a company that really is committed to developing their people.
Be the leader of your career. Seek out mentors. It doesn't have to be a daunting task: “OK, will you be my mentor?” It can be, “Can I buy you a coffee, go for a beer, have lunch, and let's have a great conversation.”