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10 Career Lessons From Dad

10 Career Lessons From Dad

What did your dad teach you?

Hamsa Ramesha

Learn to stand on your own two feet.

In another dose of tough love, fathers taught us the value of independence. From making us earn our keep with endless chores, to having us save up to buy our own car, we learned how to rely on ourselves and trust our instincts. The same is true for the office: Be your own boss. People will notice your great work ethic and professionalism. Don’t go running to your manager for every little problem; take initiative and find a solution yourself!

Are you working hard or hardly working?

Dad always had an uncanny nose for knowing when we goofed off and didn’t do our homework. Thankfully, as children, our usual punishment was just getting grounded and being sent to our rooms. As adults, the consequences of laziness are more serious. Hard work pays off in the corporate world, whereas slacking off gets you sacked — not fun in this shaky job market.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Despite your good intentions, sometimes, the best course of action might just be doing nothing at all. However tempting it may be to redo the company business plan from scratch, or rewire the office printers for increased efficiency, don’t. Or at least ask somebody first if it’s a good idea. It’s one thing to take initiative, and quite another to let your eagerness carry you away.

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

Value your uniqueness and make it your selling point. What do you have to offer that nobody else does? Make yourself the one-eyed king at your company by capitalizing on the needs of the blind. Whether it’s finding a better revenue source or decreasing employee turnover, providing solutions to your organization’s problems is your path to success.

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