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Twelve Rules for EVERYONE

It’s that time of year again. May and June are graduation overload from pre-K to college, never-ending end of school year activities, the constant “I’m bored” song that comes from the other room from my teenage daughter while on summer break, trying to find a new “summer” rhythm in a world that is full of the chaos that I love to call my life and that’s just the quick recap.

I won’t lie. I personally like and prefer the stability and structure of the school year, but I know this is good for me to see things in a different perspective and to get out of my comfort zone.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is having the sun shining until 9 p.m. or later and being able to have more time to read for my own enjoyment. I don’t have to spend hours each night helping on homework, trying to be in four different locations at once for school and extra curricular activities, gently encouraging a teenage girl to think about her outfit for the next day which if not carefully planned in advance can completely wreck a perfectly lovely morning and having the sun go down at 5:30 at night which means you think by 7 p.m. it should be bedtime. So as I was reading the Harvard Business Review Blog last night – yes I know you are thinking “That is for personal enjoyment?” It has some good stuff on there! – I read a really good article that is now printed and posted on my wall. As soon as I am done writing this, I will work on making this “teenage friendly” for my daughter, because these twelve rules are not merely for new graduates. They should be practiced by all, no matter your age, gender, background, profession, etc., each and every day. I’ve listed below the author’s twelve rules*.

  1. What you learned in college is a foundation for future learning, nothing more.
  2. Be someone that your colleagues want to work with.
  3. You’re not as smart as you think you are, even if you are as smart as you think you are.
  4. From the very first moment, remember you are creating an impression.
  5. Do what’s required, from the menial to the extraordinary, to get the job done.
  6. The harder and smarter you work, the luckier you’ll get.
  7. Learn to listen, listen to learn.
  8. Always do your homework.
  9. Don’t learn the tricks of the trade, learn the trade.
  10. Embrace your weaknesses.
  11. Network your brains out.
  12. Don’t lose yourself trying to be what you think others want you to be.

Over the next couple of months, I would like to hear about each one and how you personally can relate. Be it professionally, personally or both. I will write a quick blog, give you some insight into how I see it and welcome you to join in. I’ll have it posted on our blog and our social media outlets. So if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Then share your experience.

I will say I think I should have a few more rules added to this list.

  1. Enjoy the change and chaos called life.
  2. Read more.
  3. Get out of your comfort zone on occasion.
  4. Learn from rules. They aren’t all bad.

*Taken directly from Michael Watkin’s HBR Blog Network article posted on May 31, 2013 – Twelve Rules for New Grads http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/twelve_rules_for_new_grads.html

Written by Jenn Cox, Chief Operating Officer, at Bild and Company.

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