Why Mom Knew Best: Lessons For Success At Work by Forbes – Entrepreneurs

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Whether it was from your own mom or from the general mom-sphere, you’ve likely received advice from a mom at some point. While those suggestions were probably targeted at ensuring you grew into a good person, it can also be applied to ensuring you have a great career. After all, fundamental lessons for life are fundamental lessons for the part of our lives we experience at work.

Here are the edicts from mom that matter most for career success:

Do Your Best

Sometimes work will be an exciting challenge and other times it will be more mundane. No matter the situation, do your best and apply your talents and skills. Performance is your ticket to success in your current job, but it is also a gateway to getting your next job. Do your best to perform brilliantly.


Business often sets us up to compete for the best assignments, the promotion or recognition from the boss. While this can be reality, you’ll be happier and more successful when you’re also generous with teammates. Share the spotlight when others contribute to your accomplishments or share opportunities by inviting others into rewarding projects. Building great relationships with colleagues is a source of satisfaction overall, and helping others often comes back in positive ways when they reciprocate.

Play Fair

Sometimes we think of work as drudgery, but it doesn’t have to be a slog. Have some fun, be playful and laugh with colleagues. Your work will be more enjoyable, and you may just come up with more creative ideas because the distance from “Haha” to “Ah-ha” is short. In addition, be fair and follow the rules that allow everyone to get in the game and be valued for their unique contributions to the team.

Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take risks in your career—taking on a high-visibility project or stretching for a job beyond your current level of skill. Be smart about which risks you take. Challenge yourself but do so with your eyes open about the potential downsides. This way you can mitigate risks and reap rewards after you make the leap.

Try and Try Again (aka Never Give Up)

While work can and should be fun, there will also be times when it is not easy. Stick with it, be persistent and if what you’ve tried in the past isn’t working, try something new. This is the essence of problem solving and innovation. The most out-of-the-box solutions often come from situations with the greatest constraints. So when you’re faced with barriers, keep at it.

Hold Hands and Stick Together

Having a best friend at work is one of the reasons people stay with a job. Take time to get to know those you work with and build relationships with colleagues. You don’t have to go out for drinks with them every weekend but get to know them so you have the sense of connectedness that contributes to work-life satisfaction.

Eat Your Vegetables

Yes, this too. Sometimes mom’s advice is best taken literally.

Following mom’s advice may have been aimed at your general nature, but it can apply for your career success as well. Put advice into action at work. Mom would be proud.

May 10, 2019 at 07:51AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs