Twelve Rules for Everyone

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014

Follow Rules

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 our kids while on summer break, trying to find a new “summer” rhythm in a world that is full of the chaos that we call life and that’s just the quick recap.

We would prefer the stability and structure of the school year, but know that it’s good to see things in a different perspective and to get out of the comfort zone.

One of the best 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 enjoyment. There is no spending hours each night helping on homework, trying to be in four different locations at once for school and extra cirricular activities, telling our kids to think about their 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. In the Harvard Business Review Blog below – yes I know you are thinking “That is for personal enjoyment?” There were great rules graduates should follow! However, those 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. 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, we would like to hear about each one and how you personally can relate. Be it professionally, personally or both. Write a blog if you’d like! We’ll post it 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.

While we’re add it, we could include a few more rules, if you agree:

  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

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