(Posted on May 5, 2014 in honor of Mother's Day.) Mom was right. Wear clean underwear, don't put that in your mouth, don't be a know-it-all and clean your room. These keys to success still apply today . . .
Don't put that in yoru mouth. You don't know where it's been.
If you use social media, this one's for you! In this world of blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram . . . many people share social content without even reading it! Just because the title looks good or it's from a friend they like, they post it. This could be dangerous. Lots of things people say are things you would never want to be associated with you. So don't put their words in your mouth, or on your Facebook page or tweet . . . before you know exactly what they are saying!
Life isn't fair.
Stop pretending that you're the only one who has had bad, unexpected things happen to them. Everyone lives in the same crazy, erratic, unpredictable universe and your life isn't any worse than anyone else's. And consider this, most of those things that are unfair, are probably your fault. So get over it. Accept it. If life is fair when good things happen, then it's also fair when things don't go your way.
Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean you should too.
As my mother always said: "Idiots do stupid things. And sometimes lots of idiots do the same things together." And you can feel like you're missing out if you are not doing it too. But consider this - if you always follow the crowd, you will never stand out, you will never be unique, and you will never be the best. So take time to evaluate, and then go your own . . . possibly better, path!
Always wear clean underwear.
Another great tip that applies directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Don't hang out your dirly laundry for everyone to see. You never know when someone important to your career will be Googling your name and looking at your "clothesline." Keep your underwear clean and yoru dirty laundry out of site.
No one likes a know-it-all
Don't be the person that cuts everyone off mid-sentence. Don't interrupt your co-workers, your firends, your customers or your family. Don't roll your eyes and stomp your feet while you wait for the person who is talking to stop, so you can take over center-stage. Besides coming off as completely arrogant, you are probably missing out on some important information. So listen, hear, and learn. Then respond.
Clean your room
No one likes another person's mess . . . so at the very least, be considerate of your co-workers and clean your work area. But it is also no mystery that when your work area is cluttered you can't focus or even think straight. Cleanyour work area and watch your productivity increase!
Thanks Mom, for all the great advice!