Today, my coworkers and I had a little staff outing to celebrate the summer interns. As we sat around the table the vice president, Bob, whose 50th birthday was last week, asked everyone what was the best advice they had ever been given. I was surprised that most people’s contributions boiled down to the same basic premise: Don’t sweat the small stuff, and enjoy life. Below is the advice everyone gave, paraphrased where I can’t recall exact wording.
“Be safe, have fun, and work hard.”
“Take advantage of every opportunity.”
“Major in whatever you want; it’s not that important.”
“Keep in contact with people; you never know what they’ll be helpful for later on.”
“Things could always be worse.”
“Try everything (or as much as you can.”
“Nothing you’re worried about now will matter a year from now.”
And a Shakespeare quote:
“Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.”
A lot of these seem really obvious, but sometimes it takes someone else telling us something for it to really click. And while I know I may not remember these a year from now, I know I’ll remember the gist of it all. And the least I can do is take them into consideration now and utilize them whenever I can.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? What advice would you give others?
ETA: I just wanted to thank everyone at WEGO Health for being so awesome to me the last three months. Though Wednesday is my last day in the office, I look forward to continuing to work with everyone via the interwebs. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to intern with such an amazing company.