Avoid working for (or with) assholes1You’ll recognize them right away. They throw their weight around just so you know who is in charge. They take credit for your ideas and blame you when theirs don’t work. They compete against you instead of working with you. They tend to say, “no because,” instead of “yes, and.” They take the joy out of both the work and the workplace. Life is too short to spend any of it working for an asshole. Please don’t.
Seek clients you believe in2Not everyone gets to work on Apple or Nike or Dove or Chipotle. You may Gind yourself selling fast food, sugar-‐laden soft drinks, SUVs or hair dyes. And that’s OK, too, if you believe in those products. But if that’s not the case, Gind a way to get off that business and onto to one you do believe in. Otherwise -‐-‐ even if you are engaged with the team, and stimulated by the challenge -‐-‐ you’ll never love the work you do or be proud of your accomplishments.
Pursue the work not the money3You want to wake up every morning excited about what you will create not about how much you’ll get paid. It’s the work that will make the day Gly by. It’s the work that will keep your brain engaged. It’s the work that will make you want to come back tomorrow. And, no surprise, if you love the work and what you’re creating, you’ll do a better job and end up making more money anyway.
Control your own career4You have two choices. You can let your career happen to you. Or you can take charge. My suggestion? Don’t leave things to chance or to someone you work for. Plan ahead, leverage every experience, seek new challenges, stay impatient.
Share everything you learn5If you really want to be happy, pass it forward and give it back. Few things can give you as much joy as teaching others what you know. So help someone older learn a new technology that keeps him relevant. Show a newbie the ropes. Save others from making whatever mistakes you made as you learn and grow.
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