“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama.
Motherly love is an undeniable force. Moms are also the queens of sharing little lessons that may have annoyed us growing up. Constantly being reminded to use my brain, dress nice and be kind to people often triggered the old fashioned eye roll. However, as the years pass by, it can be easy to forget that these little lessons actually still apply to real world stuff! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to remember that although the words may seem simple, the impact they can have on our everyday work lives is tremendous. Here are a few phrases you may be able to relate to that translate into solid job advice:
“Use your noggin.”
Growing up, moms were great because they reminded us that we had a brain when we forgot it was up there. During work, tough situations can stump us or emotional situations can stop us in our tracks. Whenever I get caught up in a rut, I hear my mom’s voice in the back of my head telling me to just stop, take a breath and think. Glitches are inevitable, but mindfully handling your own reactions can show strong leadership and communication skills.
“Look good, feel good, do good.”
To this day, my mom still talks about my childhood wardrobe choices. In kindergarten, I insisted on wearing one pig tail, striped pants and polka dot shirts to school every day. I may have looked like a little oddball, but I felt good and I did good! (Well, for kindergarten standards.) The moral of the story is that looking your best will make you feel your best and perform your best. Don’t underestimate the power of a sharp business suit or professional dress. According to a Wall Street Journal article, studies show those who dress-up engage in higher levels of abstract thinking, show increased productivity levels and improve job performance.
“Be kind, be kind, be kind.”
This is my mom’s spin on “the golden rule.” Growing up, we were taught to treat others in a kind manner during school, summer activities, sports, etc. Being kind may seem simple, but it actually translates into the working world more than we may think. Next time you go off to work, show a caring gesture to everyone in sight; It can be as simple as waving to the doorman or as thoughtful as buying coffee and a donut for a colleague. Showing genuine compassion for others can change attitudes, relationships and maybe even lives.
“No one loves you more than mom.”
My mom lives and breathes by this phrase. At the end of the day, moms are our biggest fans. Being adults isn’t always easy and neither is figuring out our own way through life. Now, it’s our turn to share that same support with those around us! It’s on you to find others who will support you along the way, and give them the same support in return. Mentorships are great ways to guide teams through tough job-related situations at a one-on-one level. Moms love will always be there, of course, but zeroing in on work relationships for guidance will go a long way towards career success!
This Mother’s Day, thank your mom for the small pieces of advice she gave along the way. We often underestimate how impactful the little things can be in relation to work-related situations. Do you have mom-inspired job advice you’d like to share? Feel free to comment below: