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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10 Responses to “Ten Things Every Grown-Up Needs To Know”

  1. SimplyForties on February 3rd, 2010 9:58 pm

    Remember that everything, good and bad, will pass so make the most of it.

  2. Karen Hickman on February 4th, 2010 12:53 pm

    If you use the correct fork, but are rude to the wait staff, you missed the point of good manners.

  3. Elizabeth Brown on February 17th, 2010 1:27 pm

    Words of wisdom from my mom: Don’t try and apply logic to other people; you will only drive yourself crazy.

  4. Blake Keen on February 25th, 2010 2:12 pm

    When someone has something ugly to say about someone or an event, respond with something nice and change the subject. Never gossip.

  5. Cherie Thompson on March 11th, 2010 1:11 pm

    When you are being introduced to a couple and you are a single or attractive woman pay more attention to the wife and a bit less to the husband.

  6. Jacqueline Whitmore on March 11th, 2010 4:40 pm

    This is the best tip I’ve heard all day, Cherie! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Chicago Pinot on March 21st, 2010 10:37 am

    When you are working in close quarters, with people referred to as your “teammates”, sometimes it’s hard to remember #s 3 and 4.

  8. John King on June 3rd, 2010 9:46 am

    After reading , i found that you really have some thing smart to tell us , thanks !

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