Work’s life lessons

By Katie Linville

Sometimes, the biggest life lessons are learned through experiences at work. In the nine years I’ve worked at Borshoff, I’ve retained a number of valuable lessons that have shaped my life.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

  • Stay positive. Always keep the positive ways your job influences your life top of mind.
  • Clarify. If you aren’t sure about what is being asked of you or the scope of a project, ask for clarification.
  • Don’t make assumptions. Someone who seems standoffish may just be having a bad day. It’s probably not you. So don’t assume it is.
  • Accept challenges. If you have an opportunity to work on a project that may be outside of your skillset, accept it as a challenge to improve and expand your skills. Do some research, take a class or pick the brains of the talented people that surround you.
  • Stay levelheaded. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. If you need to have a moment to yourself, do it privately or confide in a coworker you trust.
  • Take a break. If you feel stuck or your brain is a little foggy, take a lap around the office to see what others are working on. It might spark some ideas – or at least give you a refresh.
  • Don’t gloat. It’s just not cool.
  • Appreciate your coworkers. They are the ones backing you up when you are sick, or on vacation, or really every day in general.