January 3rd, 2014

Ten Things Every Grown-Up Needs To Know

by Jacqueline Whitmore
  1. Until you prove to yourself otherwise, always assume there is food stuck between your teeth (and never use your knife or client’s business card to remove it!)
  2. The first 30 days on a job are the most critical.  Show up early and stay late for the first month.  And unless you’re very, very sick, don’t call in sick on Mondays and Fridays.
  3. Pay more attention to what the boss thinks of you than what your co-workers think of you.  (Your cubicle mates aren’t handing out raises and promotions.)
  4. The hardest reality of life: Not everyone will like you.  The more successful you are, the fewer “real” friends you will have.
  5. Be nice to people “below” you.  One of them might be your boss someday.  In fact, be nice to everyone — waiters, cashiers, bank tellers, mail carriers and receptionists.  Not just because it’s the right thing to do but because these people can make your life easier…if they want to.
  6. Always, always, always R.s.v.p.
  7. If your job involves opening mail and answering phones, do it well.  And cheerfully.  A college degree does not mean you are above any task you were hired to do.
  8. Never send a nasty, email.  You’ll spend a lot less time wringing your hands over who might have received your misfired missive and how they will react.
  9. Energy and enthusiasm on the job will carry you farther than education and cocky self-assurance.  Skills, especially at the entry level, can be taught; a great attitude cannot.
  10. Shower the receptionist with kindness. She sees all, knows all, and reports often about the people who walk through the front door.

Bonus tip:  Think long and hard before burning a bridge.

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