Before I go into a full postprandial lunch lull, I thought I’d share a little more about how to be…less of a tool, since people are coming out of the woodwork who want to chat about this, particularly how it relates to social media and professional career development. Here are a few more thoughts on how to stay out of the toolshed (because it’s getting kinda full):
1. Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Who’s the master of this? I think personally it is Dan Pink. He does a great job of nicely jabbing on his own professional background (and as a law student myself right now, I have extra appreciation for his humor), without knocking his own content (and what is more important than intrinsic motivation?)
2. Be good to your tribe. If I seriously had $5 for every time a pharmacy student sends me the “what should I do with my career life?” exactly 24 months after they graduated, I’d be a rich woman by now. But I ALWAYS answer their questions to the best of my ability. Even though they appreciate the advice years after they’re off campus, I’m glad they still ask about the off-the-beaten-path career stuff. I try and respond to ASAP. Or sooner. Flattery really will get you to a lot of places! So all 5 of you faithful readers of this blog – mom included – I’ll do my best to be good to ya!
3. Help others. Said it before, I’ll say it again. Wherever you are in your life (other than maybe newborn) – you have something to offer someone above you and below you. Don’t forget to help out ALL people. You’d be shocked at how many people in your life who have seemingly “been there, done that” can actually learn from YOU and your mad skillz. Don’t just help down – help up and across too!
That’s all I have for now. I seriously need to go on a caffeine hunt.