In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday, we wanted to discuss some of the advice we received from Mom that actually translates to the business world. Hope you were paying attention during those lectures and life lessons, because some of that advice will actually help you grow as a professional!
“You will catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”
Like most obscure sayings that are not meant to be read literally (who wants to catch flies?), the essence of this bit of advice is that a positive and pleasant attitude will take you further in your relationships with people than a negative one. Applied to the business world, where building relationships is paramount, it is essential that even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or are just having one of those days, you need to shake it off and present yourself as a likable person ready to have productive conversations and make a positive impact. Whether you’re a job seeker trying to impress others during an interview, a new employee trying to find your place amidst your team or a boss trying to lead your group, a positive demeanor goes a long way.
“Straighten your tie.”
For the ladies out there, we don’t mean strictly ties. Remember all of those times Mom was tugging at the creases in your clothes, dabbing at the smudges on your face or bothering you to stand up straight? Believe it or not, that wasn’t just to annoy you. Taking pride in your appearance is very important in the business world when trying to convey yourself as a competent professional. The saying goes, “Dress for the job you want.” If you want to be taken seriously, then going the extra mile to iron that jacket, lint roll that skirt and yes, straighten that tie, will help you achieve professionalism, whether it is for an upcoming interview or just another day at the office.
“You can’t always get what you want.”
This goes hand in hand with another one of our favorites: “Life isn’t fair.” If we are being told this advice, it is likely at a time when we really don’t want to hear it. However, it is extremely important just the same. We must remember that we can’t always have things our way. The interview process will have its ups and downs. You might have some tasks at work that you don’t necessarily want to do. You might be put on a team that you don’t really get along with. In order to succeed in our career path, we must find ways to deal with these tiny grievances and realize that they are just stepping stones on our path to success, so sometimes we just need to suck it up!
Follow your heart and reach for the stars.
We know it sounds cheesy and something all moms who think their kids could be the next president say, but it’s really excellent advice. Life is too short to pursue a job that just doesn’t make you happy. You are going to spend large chunks of your day at work, so if you are miserable, it may be time for a career change. Once you are in a position in a career path you will enjoy and thrive in, make sure to push yourself to attain your goals. Set high expectations and believe in your ability to achieve them.
We love our moms and credit them for making us who we are today; don’t forget that same advice can help shape the professional you are tomorrow!