What’s the Best Career Advice You Ever Got from Grandma?

by Joe Lavelle on November 7, 2011

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If you are a successful professional, you probably can point to a shelf filled with books that you’ve read about how to market yourself, network with others in the field, and otherwise get ahead in your chosen career.  To be sure, there are some great writers who have important advice to share concerning career advancement and I count quite a few of them among my friends.  But, there is also something to be said for the words of wisdom that were spoken by your grandma around a dining room table or while sitting in a rocking chair many years ago.

A recent article on CNN’s Money website discusses the pearls of sage advice that some of our nation’s top executives still carry with them that were passed down from their grandma or another older family member.  Don’t live beyond your means.  Take criticism from others and decide what you can learn from it.  Create an environment that establishes long-term and desired relationships with the people in your life.  Search to find ways to perform acts of kindness for others.  Be grateful.  These are all ideas that will help you not only get ahead in your career, but have a more fulfilling life as well.

The article points out that we don’t spend a lot of time asking successful executives about their family legacies and this may be a missed opportunity for some great learning.

So, now I want to know from you — is there one piece of advice that you received from your grandmother or another older figure in your life that has shaped the way you do business?  What is something that our elders have known all along that you now see for yourself has stood the test of time in your own career?

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