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10 Pearls of Motherly Wisdom for Your Career

10 Pearls of Motherly Wisdom for Your Career

Hamsa Ramesha | NonProfitPeople

May 04, 2010

Clean your room, I’m not your maid!

“Cleanliness is next to godliness,” goes the saying, and it’s also vital to your professional career. If your office space looks like the aftermath of World War II, you may want to consider breaking out the rubber gloves. Having an orderly desk and clean workspace shows not just how organized you are, but how seriously you take your job. Unlike your childhood bedroom, your desk at the office should always look professional.

What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?

You can’t always get what you want, according to the Rolling Stones, your mom, and, well, Life. Learning to accept things for the way they are, and respecting boundaries you can’t change is just a part of that. Work, like life, isn’t always fair. When you ask for a raise, apply for a job, or propose a new project, you’ll get turned down many times before you hear “yes.” Chin up soldier, there’s always next time.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Diversifying yourself, both personally and professionally, goes a long way. You want to keep yourself competitive in your industry, with the flexibility to adapt to sudden, unpredictable changes (see: recession). Sure, becoming an invaluable expert in a subject area or specialty is great, but not at the expense of updating other important skills. Whether it’s taking certificate classes, refreshing yourself on the latest technologies, or simply expanding your professional interests, make sure you’re staying on top of your game.

If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?

It’s easy to go with the flow at work, especially if you’re just starting out in your career. The pressure to blend in with everyone else, keeping your nose to the ground, is pretty standard. But it isn’t always the smartest career move. Be proactive in your job and look for ways to shine. You don’t have to make grand gestures to get noticed; speak up, bring up something innovative, lead a team in a new venture – there are many ways you can go against the grain without overstepping boundaries. Individuality is a beautiful thing.

Next: If you act confident, people will think you have a reason to be.