A few months ago I wrote a blog about the three best pieces of advice I had ever received. As I had said, I constantly look for advice. I read blogs about life advice and love to hear what makes others feel happy and successful. Since it’s been some time since I wrote ‘Part 1’, I thought that I would follow it up today with a few other pieces of advice that I have received since then!
“Go with your gut.”
I heard this statement quite some time ago, but it’s a statement that speaks volumes to me every day in both my work life and personal life. Using our ‘gut’ or our intuition is something that we talk about every day in the office. We are all firm believers that if you don’t get a good first impression or feeling about something or someone, chances are that others will feel the same way. When it comes to choosing people to fill a position or to represent your company, choosing the wrong person can be detrimental to the success and to the reputation of your organization. If your gut makes you hesitate and second-guess, then follow that intuition.
“Do the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
A person’s morals and ethics are what makes them either a good or bad person. It doesn’t matter what anyone else tells you is right; whether that be a parent, friend, boss, colleague, spouse… always do what you feel is the right thing to do in every situation; even if no one is around to see you do it. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, do what you feel is the right thing. Personally, I am a stickler for policies. I create a bulk of the policies that the Recruitment Department at Plan A follows, and I have created those using my own personal morals and ethics and my idea of what is ‘right’ or ‘fair’ or ‘just’. When a situation comes up or something takes place in which policies need to be referred back to, I do not change or alter the policy to work in my favour. I do what is right and follow that policy.
“Cannonball off the high board.”
Never be afraid of jumping in to any and every situation that crosses your path. Whenever we hire new office staff, we always tell them that cannonballing off the high board is a requirement when becoming part of the A Team. We are so busy that we don’t have time to handhold. Each and every one of us in the office were thrown into our positions, told to simply run with it and do the best that we can, which is what we do every day. None of us in the office have been in our roles before. None of us know the answers to every question that’s asked. But by jumping in to any situation that crosses our path, we grow personally and professionally in a way that would never happen if we simply sat behind our desks every day and never took chances.