A reader asks:

Jeff, my parents introduced me to your columns when I was in college. It has been a big help, both personally and with my classes. Thanks! As I get ready to graduate and enter the “real world,” what’s your advice, as I prepare for my first job? map-of-the-world-603570_640


Congrats! You’re about to embark on an exciting journey. While it has been said, all you need to know, you “learned in kindergarten,” I realize, it’s reinforced in grammar school!

When our youngest child, Amanda, was a fourth-grader, we visited her class, where I picked up a copy of her school’s Guide to Parent, School and Student Roles and Responsibilities. It had some simple, yet powerful tips for success in the classroom. Which also will serve you well in your new corporate life.

To be successful:

   – meet deadlines

    be on time


    set a time for “homework”

    be prepared and honest

    make good choices

   – listen, discuss, then solve an issue

    use a variety of resources

    try before quitting

    challenge yourself

    have a positive attitude

    respect others and their property

And here are a few more suggestions from me:

   do the unexpected

   – do the right thing

    contribute to others’ success

    treasure this first experience, be a sponge, ask lots of questions

    help others attain a more favorable future and improve their condition, (your internal and external customers)

    volunteer, raise your hand and say, “I can do that!”

    daily, improve your communication skills (oral and written)

    smile, nobody likes working with a grouch

    don’t think your opinion doesn’t matter, simply because you’re “new,” if you think there’s a better way, share it

   – don’t gossip

    don’t show up to get a paycheck, instead, make a difference


Jeff is a Hall of Fame speaker, best selling author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a “business-growth specialist.” If you hire speakers, please contact Sheryl Kantor at: 847.998.0688 or [email protected]. And visit to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff’s FREE e-letter, The Results Report. Jeff’s Amazon bestselling books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling!, the 5th edition of Peak Your Profits and the recently published, (December, 2022), BULLSEYE! Hitting Your Targets at Home and at Work, which became a best seller within four days of its release. You can also stay connected with Jeff via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: @BlackmanResults

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