Last week we discussed advice that A) someone we respected gave us, and B) we ignored and disregarded. It’s a good lesson about following our own hearts but with somewhat of a negative spin, I suppose.
In the interest of yin/yang, etc, let’s take a look at the flip side.
I recently asked members of the GTY Project Group on LinkedIn to answer this question: “What’s the best bit of advice, coaching or counsel you’ve ever gotten from a mentor, colleague, family member or friend?” Here are some of the gems that emerged from that discussion. If you’d like to see the whole list (so far) and who said what (and why), please pop on over to LinkedIn and join our group.
And–as always–feel free to add to the list in the comment section below:
“Be yourself. Oscar Wilde, I think, said, ‘Be yourself because everyone else is taken.'”
“Helping other people achieve what is important to them is the easiest way to achieve what is important to us.”
“Don’t mistake compassion for weakness.”
“If you think it needs to be done, just do it.”
“Do what you like least, first.”
“A formal education and specialized training open the door for an individual to choose their career – which in turn allows for an enjoyable, rewarding, and successful work experience.”
“You are not the best, but there is no one any better!”
“Doing something remarkable for yourself is good, but doing something remarkable for someone else is great.”
“You are never too big to sweep the floor.”
“Ask, ‘Who have you helped today?’ and ‘What have you learned?'”
“Don’t live to work. Work to live.”
“Be happy with the job you have and you will get the job you want.”
“Reaching out will bring you more happiness and success than reaching up.”
“Fun and laughter are legitimate values and I could/should continue melding them with my professional life.”
“Look out for people who, for whatever reason, can’t look out for themselves.”
“Having permission [from my boss] to make a mistake was a very important lesson that has served me well over the years.”
“Always leave the other guy a place to stand.”
“Remember that everyone is doing their best.”
“Be Real, Be Yourself and Have Fun!”