“Don’t let schooling interfere
with your education.”
“Education consists mainly of what
we have unlearned.”
Don’t think you are finished learning just because you earned a
degree. You need to continue to learn new things throughout your
career, in both formal and informal settings. Formal education in a
classroom setting is not the only way to learn new skills. Volunteer to
be treasurer to learn how to set a budget and manage expenditures.
Start a blog with a regular posting schedule to improve your writing
and meet deadlines. Don’t be afraid to try new things and new ways
of doing things, to learn what works for you — and what does not.
“A round man cannot be expected to
fit in a square hole right away. He must
have time to modify his shape.”
If you find yourself in a job that does not quite fit, give yourself some
time to adjust your expectations, attitude, and actions. There might
be some small changes you can make, to yourself or to the job responsibilities, which will make the job a better fit.
“I was seldom able to see an opportunity
until it had ceased to be one.”
Don’t let your career path be determined by random chance or by
regrets. Be alert for opportunities that come your way, but also be
proactive — find ways to create them.
“Do the right thing. It will gratify
some people and astonish the rest.”
“If you tell the truth, you don’t
have to remember anything.”
“A man cannot be comfortable
without his own approval.”
“A man is never more truthful than
when he acknowledges himself a liar.”
You will see ways to take a shortcut, or cut corners. Before you do,
consider all the likely outcomes and whether you can live with the
worst-case scenario. If you always make the ethical choice, your
reputation will reflect that.
HANDLING DIFFICULT TASKS
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first
thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two
frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
Sometimes the dread of doing something is worse than the thing
itself. If you have a difficult task to do, just get it over with.
“To succeed in life, you need two things:
ignorance and confidence.”
“A person with a new idea is a
crank until the idea succeeds.”
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the
majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Many new inventions have come about because no one bothered
to tell the inventor that they were impossible to create. If you truly
believe in something, give it a try. Don’t be afraid to fail or try something new and different — you may find a way to succeed when the
others before you couldn’t.
“The lack of money is the root of all evil.”
“Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.”
Most of us need to earn a living. Strive to find a career that suits your
passions and it will become a labor of love. Find a career path that
excites you and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Lisa M. Balbes, Ph.D. of Balbes Consultants LLC, is a freelance technical writer/editor and author of Nontraditional
Careers for Chemists: New Formulas for Chemistry
Careers (Oxford University Press).