Brian LaFaille is young; just 12 months out of school and into the workforce, yet the attitude he recommends for other newbies is one managers at any level would, metaphorically speaking, kill to have on their team.
Additionally, many (all?) of the 10 lessons he says he learned in his first year have gone unlearned by people with 10, 20 even 30 times his experience.
Haven’t learned of just forgotten; either way they are the lessons and actions of the best employees, whether in a startup or a Fortune 25 Corporation.
Most are self explanatory, but Brian’s detailed explanation of each is worth reading.
- Take Advantage of the Seasoned Veterans Around You (or the don’t-know-any-better newbies –Miki)
- Find a Passion Outside of Work
- Be Active and Get Healthy
- Never Think You’re Too Junior (or senior –Miki)
- Constantly Challenge Yourself
- Learn About Every Part of Your Company
- Never Limit Yourself to One Role
- Grab a Good Pair of Headphones
- Don’t Be Afraid to Propose a Change
- Work hard, but Work Smart
Now answer these questions:
- Which do you do now?
- Which did you used to do?
- Which will you do in the future?
Flickr image credit: Mike McCune