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10 Lessons About Careers … From 50 Years Experience

I was looking at some old documentation lately and was reminded that in September this year I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of my entry into the workforce.  Crazy!

In September 1971 I joined the Royal Navy as a Junior Naval Aircraft Mechanic second class … you don’t get any lower on the totem pole than that!

The journey from there through various roles, and then almost 25 years as a business owner, has been one long learning experience.

With 50 years of work experience I have learned a few lessons about careers and working.  Here are just a few::

1.  We spend a lot of time working … we might as well be proud of what we do.

2.  We may not be defined by our work … but we can take pride in our work, which will affect who we are.

3.  If you have a good attitude you will get ahead … even if that is sometimes hard to foresee.

4.  If you have a lousy attitude people will treat you accordingly … and you can expect your career to reflect that.

5.  If you think you are getting away with something… you are wrong, it is amazing what people know.

6.  If you think your hard work is not noticed you are likely wrong too.

7.  A good boss will give you feedback, good and bad … but it is what you do with that feedback that will determine what happens next.

8.  There is always someone worse off than you.

9.  If you go looking for disparities that you believe are unfair, then you will find them… and they will make you bitter.

10. Focusing on doing the best job that you can will bring the best returns… in what matters most self-respect, as well as money!

I have no regrets about the decisions I made along the way, we are the culmination of those decisions and I like where I am.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” 

Marilyn Monroe

So … keep moving forward, enjoy the moment and keep a positive attitude.  You will be just fine!

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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