THE REAL WORLD!

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

Answer:

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

   - read

   - 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

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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 jeffblackman.com to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff's FREE e-letter, The Results Report . Jeff's books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling!, (an Amazon Bestseller), and the new, revised 5th edition of the bestselling Peak Your Profits. You can also stay connected with Jeff via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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