Friday, February 7, 2014

Stephen's Work Advice

In January, we blogged about work. In February, we're talking advice. Today's post from Stephen is the perfect transition as he shares his top tips for succeeding at work. 

The best advice about work I ever got is:

  • Be on time.  Try to get work 10 minutes early each day…that way if you are late…you are still on time.
  • Learn how to work as part of a team to meet team goals.  Although it is hard to put one’s personal wants aside, it is a good skill to have and it gives you a good feeling at the end of the day.
  • Set small personal job related goals to strive for each day.  By meeting small incremental goals, the work will get done and it makes it more interesting.  Compete with yourself to get better and better.
  • Always have something to look forward to in your life.  This will help you to get through the ups and downs of each day.
  • Set aside part of your pay from day one for retirement.  Time is as valuable as money and by setting aside small amounts of money early on…the time is there for the money to grow.  The old adage is “It is the job of the young man to take care of the old man he will one day become.”
  • See if you can team up with a mentor, someone who has been where you want to go.  They can act as a guide for you along the journey.  Of course you still need to do the work, but they can help when obstacles present themselves.
  • Try to have a work/life balance.  Life isn’t all about work…try to have a hobby that you can relax with and enjoy on weekends or during any time off.
  • Try things that make you feel challenged at work.  Don’t be afraid to try and fail.  This is a good way to grow. There are lessons in failing…one can learn what to change in the next attempt.  Learning how to try again is a skill in and of itself.

1 comment:

  1. That is some good advice. Thanks Stephen.


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