Singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers may have said it best, but at some point we all contemplate the notion: If I knew then what I know now…
With the want for wisdom we talked with our MRA leadership team to give us some sage nuggets of professional guidance. We asked them the question, “If you could go back and tell your 25-year-old-self a piece of work-related advice, what would it be?
Ponder their perceptions and take them to heart!
- Be bold.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Neutralize toxic people, keep your feelings in check.
- Ask for a mid or senior-level mentor to help you get the bigger picture.
- Be accountable and admit when you are wrong.
- Find a board for a not-for profit, chamber of commerce, or some other service organization to support that will develop networks and relationships outside of your work circle.
- Be kind.
- Remain humble, don’t let your ego take more weight than what it’s worth.
- Understand the business overall. Be curious about the sales, operations and finance functions in particular.
- Work hard.
- Always present a solution, don’t be a complainer.
- Think big.
- Know what’s happening outside of your own department.
- Get involved with more community service work. In the long-run, these experiences are the most meaningful and life changing.