Here's a great list of thirty nuggets o' career wisdom from people who have been successful in their careers. A couple examples...
Amsale Aberra, president & creative director, Amsale Aberra, Inc., New York, NY. "Perhaps the greatest lesson I have learned building my company is that to be successful you must have a passion for what you are trying to achieve. Success, whether it is financial or artistic, only comes from very, very hard work. If you do not have a burning passion, you cannot commit yourself."
Dionne Q. Blackwell, president of Nirvana Retreats, Inc., Chicago, IL. "Your career life lessons are not as unrelated as they look! Everything you do has some bearing on what's to come. As you move through your career, you'll develop skills that appear unrelated. Over time, patterns develop. My career started in financial counseling and ended in personal development. Pay attention. Your life purpose will be revealed through the skills you acquire.
Debrena Jackson Gandy, author of All the Joy You Can Stand and Sacred Pampering Principles, owner: Masterminds, Seattle, WA. "As an entrepreneur who has had internships, the Fortune 10 corporate experience, and the small corporate experience in my background, my career "journey" has brought me many insightful lessons that boil down to two key revelations: I've learned that 1) every work/job/internship opportunity offers personal refinement and personal growth opportunities. Be sure you know what each brings or has brought you; and 2) Every work/job experience should move me closer (not farther away) to the point where I have a livelihood/profession based on the expression and contribution of my natural gifts, talents, and abilities. This is where I've finally arrived. Hallelujah! It's heavenly."
Moses A. Hardie, Jr., assistant vice president - human resources, Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL. "Always look back and remember from whence you came. No matter how successful we become, don't forget who you are. Reach back and help someone to achieve what you've achieved. You didn't make it alone."
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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