Some of the lessons we learned as kids are just as instructive
today as they were on the playground.
Maybe your mom worked while you were growing up, maybe she
didn't. But it turns out that she knows a lot more about
succeeding on the job than most of us give her credit for.
Some of the lessons we learned as kids are just as
instructive today as they were on the playground.
Don't work too hard
You won't get anywhere without making the effort, but
too much work will burn you out, just like mom said. In fact,
according to a study published by the American Psychosomatic
Society, taking a vacation each year can prolong your life
expectancy. Compared with those who rarely take vacations,
middle aged men in high-stress jobs who take annual breaks
are 21 percent less likely to die within nine years, and 32
percent less likely to develop heart disease.
"What your mom told you about eating three square meals
every day holds true," says Janet Helm, a registered
dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic
Association. Helm says it's also a good idea to snack on
fruits and vegetables during the day to keep your energy
level up. And remember to start the day off right with a good
breakfast: "You won't have the energy to get through a busy
schedule if you're not fueling up early in the morning."
Get plenty of rest
Yes, you do need seven hours of sleep a night to truly
be productive and healthy. A recent study performed at the
University of California at San Diego shows that people who
do not get necessary amounts of sleep find that their
on-the-job performance suffers. And while your brain can make
up for the sleep deficiency for a day, the effects of too
little sleep will catch up with you.
If you don't have anything nice to say
you shouldn't say anything at all. It was good advice in
kindergarten and it's good advice now. Keeping a positive
attitude in the workplace is essential. "There are politics
in every workplace," says Doug Woody, an assistant professor
of social psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Eau
Claire. The trick to avoiding a testy situation, Woody says,
is to be considerate of those around you and be aware of
Don't burn your bridges
In today's job market, in which 80 percent of all jobs
are filled through networking, anyone can be a good
professional contact. Whether you're at an alumni event or an
information interview, make good impressions and maintain
your contacts. Even when you decide to leave a job, exit on a
positive note. You never know when you'll need a reference!
Those are only some of the wise pieces of advice your mother
probably gave you. Here, for better or for worse, are other
words of wisdom that are worth repeating...again.
Always take the path that gives you two choices. If the
first one doesn't work out, you've got an alternative.
If somebody doesn't like you...tough noogies for them.
Don't plan on marrying into money, plan on making your own.
Say "yes," not "yeah."
If you don't respect your boss, you should find another
Don't use two words if one will work fine.
You don't have to be the smartest kid to get ahead. Hard
work always pays off.
Never charge anything on a credit card that you can't pay
for then and there.
Do what's right, not easy.
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
There are always going to be people that you don't get
along with - the secret is not letting them get to you.
Find something you enjoy doing and follow that; money isn't
the thing you should get a job for.
Believe in yourself and others will too.
Get to know the janitors of the buildings where you work;
you never know when you might get locked out.
Learn to put yourself first.
You can do anything you want, if you set your mind to it.
And, of course...
Don't walk out of the house looking like a schlep.