TREAT PEOPLE AS IF THEY WERE WHAT THEY OUGHT TO BE...
... and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Here, Goethe may have given one of the best advice to people hiring young professionals.
I had the chance to discuss with a top-executive at SoundCloud to have his feedback on what would be the smartest professional move of a soon-to-be graduate interested in innovative projects but not ready yet to launch his/her own startup. His advices were clear: “Go in a company where you learn, where you develop a framework of thinking, and where you are treated as a real professional.” Go be treated as what you are capable of being.
That's the beauty of growing startups today. If you have the chance to find a project you love and a team you believe in and admire, there is a fairly honest probability you will learn a lot. Join this transparent company in which you can work closely with experienced people, benefit from leadership vacuums, and make a name for yourself.
There is no such is as being treated as what you ought to be.