Have you ever received advice from someone that not only helped you, but stuck with you since the day it was given? How did it change the way you went about your life afterward?
We polled the team here at PMD Group and asked them, “What is the best advice you have received? Or the best advice you can give?” The answers varied from a range of topics, but each provided something valuable.
Keep lists! Things get busy and a task list can help keep focus and minimize distractions. It is also rewarding each time something gets completed and marked off the list.
When facing an issue or conflict in the workplace, take at least 24 hours to think about it (and give yourself time to cool off to think logically) before responding. The result is usually a reasonable solution that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to come up with when you are upset or frustrated. This is a tactic that I’ve been able to use not only in business but in all relationships in my life. It’s not easy to do sometimes, and I’ll admit that I’ve failed to take that advice at times, but when used, it usually diffuses any sort of conflict I’ve encountered.
-Bridget, VP of Operations
I heard the saying “Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of” and it resonated with me. To me, it means to be proactive with your work and your career, or even your personal life. Don’t be passive and wait for things to be given to you. Set goals and work for what you want. And be nice to everyone.
-Bonnie, VP of Marketing and Sales
If you make a mistake, own up to it right away and apologize sincerely. Then figure out how to not make that mistake again. PR 101!
-Shawna, Director of Design and Product Development
Surround yourself with people of all ages and walks of life. You can learn just as much from someone younger than you as you can from someone older; same goes for those in different economic situations.
-Rebecca, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist
Be kind – you never know what someone else is facing. Goes hand in hand with “Treat others like you want to be treated.”
-Cathy, Senior Marketing Specialist
Eat the meat and spit out the bones! People are going to correct you, give you advice, share things with you, etc. Keep the info that’s relevant and don’t worry about the rest.
-Robin, Director of Business Development
These are the two that mean the most to me: “Pick your battles” and “Always learn to be happy with yourself first.”
Show passion and professionalism in your work.
-Kent, Production Coordinator
Some of the best advice I’ve been given is about communication. It’s all about how you deliver your message. Listen, really listen, don’t think about your response. I feel that ties to the golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated.
-Febe, Senior Graphic Designer
The best advice I’ve been given is to keep an open mind when receiving feedback. It gives you the space to step back and view your work from a second set of eyes.
-Esperanza, Graphic Designer
Don’t rely on others to measure your self-worth. Do your best and remember that many problems are way bigger than your solo self.
-Caroline, Marketing Specialist
Never stop growing, and prioritize organization!
-Alisha, Marketing Specialist
The importance of taking breaks. Even if it’s just five minutes, it can help you retain more information, find solutions for tasks you might be stuck on, or keep from wearing yourself out.
-Taylor, Junior Graphic Designer
Live a life of “oh wells” and not a life of “what ifs.” That means to not be afraid to go after your passions, dreams, aspirations. Even if something didn’t work out, you had the courage to try versus never trying at all and forever wondering what if.
-Britney, Digital Marketing Specialist
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