Life’s Lessons

Life has many lessons to teach us, some more painful than others – and some we’d just as soon be spared. But as graduates everywhere look ahead to the next chapter in their lives, it seems a good time to reflect on some of the lessons we’ve learned.

Here are some nuggets I’ve picked up along the way….

  1. Be willing to take all the blame – and to share the credit.
  2. There actually are stupid questions.
  3. Shun those who are cruel – and don’t laugh at their “jokes.”
  4. Never say you’ll never.
  5. Be on time.
  6. “Bad” people eventually get what’s coming to them. But you may not be there to see it.
  7. Always sleep on big decisions.
  8. Sometimes the grass looks greener because of the amount of fertilizer.
  9. Never email in anger – or frustration. And be extra careful when using the “Reply All” button.
  10. If your current boss doesn’t want to hear the truth, it may be time to look for a new one.
  11. Never pass up a chance to say “thank you.”
  12. If you wouldn’t want your mother to learn about it, don’t do it.
  13. Never assume that your employer (or your boss) is looking out for your best interests.
  14. Bad news doesn’t generally age well.
  15. There can be a “bad” time even for good ideas.
  16. Your work attitude often affects your career altitude.
  17. When you don’t have an opinion, “what do you think?” is a good response. And sometimes even when you do.
  18. You can be liked and respected.
  19. Comments that begin “with all due respect” generally don’t include much.
  20. Sometimes the questions are complicated, but the answer isn’t.

Remember as well that that 401(k) match isn’t really “free” money – but it won’t cost you a thing.

And don’t forget that you’ll want to plan for your future now – because retirement, like graduation, seems a long way off – until it isn’t.

Got some to add? Feel free to do so in the comments section below.

Congratulations to all the graduates out there. We’re proud of you!

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  1. Jim, Bush
    Posted May 29, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Have fun, but not too much fun.
    Moderation in all things, except kindness and integrity,
    Always try to recognize when righteous indignation causes you to believe things that aren’t true. (That one is really hard and is responsible for too much of our political discourse.
    Be optimistic. It almost always gets better.

  2. url url'>Marcia Wagner
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    2. I have three daughters, whose middle names are Faith, Hope and Charity; may they – and all of us – live up to these names.

  3. Andrea Masucci
    Posted June 4, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    True leaders create a workplace culture that inspires others to want to explore ways to do their best, encourages focused responses to criticism and as a team, look for ways to highlight the positives and celebrate successes together.

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