Ask questions. Learn everything you can about where you work, whom you work for and with. Even if you’re not planning to stay long, this experience will be with you forever.
2. Don’t be judgmental.
When you’re first starting out, it’s easy to look around and think, “Gee, these people need to get it together.” You may be correct, but you may also be a know-it-all who doesn’t know a thing about work-life balance... or having a family depend on you for bread, water and a ride to basketball practice.
3. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Get a thick skin and wear it every day. Be flexible and open-minded.
4. Keep track of your accomplishments.
Earned media placements, money negotiated on advertising, awards and honors... log everything that demonstrates your value, especially if it can be quantified. Which brings me to my next point,
This is especially true if you work in a competitive workplace. Be aware of growth opportunities and let it be known if you are interested. Ask what it will take to earn a promotion.
6. Find things that make you happy outside of work.
Enjoy your time off. Volunteer, travel, raise chickens... just don't put all your happiness eggs in one basket.
7. Don't wait for an evaluation to ask how you're doing.
It's a good idea--and I think it demonstrates initiative--to ask about your performance outside of the annual evaluation. Don't wait until then to find out about the little things you could have improved.
8. Work quietly, and let success be your noise.
Focus on your goals. Make it your ambition to live peacefully by minding your own business.
9. Have an attitude of gratitude.
10. Keep learning.
What's your best life or career advice?