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All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
08:45 AM on 05/19/2013
16. There's no such thing as an overnight success. However, people who do "break through" tend to start their day while others are still asleep.

This one is true in multiple ways, but never underestimate the effect it will have on co-workers when you are already in the office when they arrive in the morning. You will earn respect. Also, bring food for people you work with, I cannot stress how effective food is in buying your way into the office social scene.
10:20 AM on 05/19/2013
'Starting your day' is not the same as 'being in the office'. Competitive overworking (eg, arriving early, staying late) kills your social life and is hugely unproductive. Use your time on earth doing things you love, not trying to out-work everyone else.

Food though, food is good.
03:41 PM on 05/28/2013
Words to live by my man. I need this framed in my office.
ann droid36
MALE, Progressive, Gay in a RED State, OMG
05:54 PM on 05/30/2013
A day on the "casting couch" helps careers a lot.
05:57 PM on 05/17/2013
Danny, this is a great list for anyone, not only college grads or those under the age of 25. We are currently also running a series with tips directed at those seeking a career in Branding at In the same vein as your tip #22 on cover letters, here’s our post published today about creating visual resumes. We love your list and will be featuring a link to this post in our "resources" section at the end of the series. Thank you for sharing these insightful tips.
Danny Rubin
04:06 PM on 05/18/2013
Thanks, Julie! I think your post on resumes is terrific. Thanks for adding my piece to your 'resources' section.
02:23 PM on 05/17/2013
Interpersonal communication trumps email or electronic communication everytime.

Walk by others desks and chat (don't disrupt)

Don't email the person down the way when you can go and talk to them - it is faster, casues less confusion, and is just plain nice.

Respect those you work with and for.

Be part of the team.

No one knows it all.

We have all been in your shoes.
01:21 PM on 05/17/2013
25 Things Every Senior Manager Should Know by Age 50, Part 3
20.) You don't always have to have a reason to come over to my desk. It's always nice to just to say hi and see how things are going.
21.) Remember what it was like to have to live on a very strict budget. Don't complain about how YOU don't make enough money.
22.) On that note, pay me on time. It is not okay to pay me late. Ever.
23.) Learn how to use your office phone. Asking me to transfer a call, set up a conference call, and switch your greetings every time is not a solution.
24.) Read the memo I sent you (and you requested) - all of it.
25.) Respect. The golden rule. You have to give it to get it. Respect me and the work that I do.
01:20 PM on 05/17/2013
25 Things Every Senior Manager Should Know by Age 50, Part 2
14.) Don't ask me to babysit your kids - you know I can't say no, and it's weird.
15.) Not if, but when I make a mistake, don't yell at me. Express your anger and disappointment constructively. Tell me how I can improve.
16.) Be accessible. When possible, leave your office door open.
17.) Don't just be accessible for your direct reports. Check in with those who report to them. Communication doesn't always happen organically, it needs to be nurtured.
18.) Know the difference between pinterest and instagram.
19.) Take the team out for lunch to celebrate a victory. It shows that you care about the hard work we do. Doesn't have to be fancy! Just getting together socially means a lot.
01:19 PM on 05/17/2013
25 Things Every Senior Manager Should Know by Age 50, Part 1
1.) You're about half way through life. Stop taking out the frustration of your failed goals on those who work for you.
2.) Fax machines no longer exist - stop asking me to fax things.
3.) Social media is not just fluff. When used properly, it can do unprecedented things for a brand.
4.) My enthusiasm is not always naivety.
5.) Just because I have never done something before, doesn't mean I will fail at it.
6.) Hypocrites finish last. Don't take a two week vacation during the busiest time of year and then tell me I can't have a day off.
7.) Lead by example. If you lead a team, respect them enough to take yourself to school on what it means to be a leader.
8.) Say please and thank you more often.
9.) Try your hardest not to be condescending. I know it's hard.
10.) Don't joke about how young I am.
11.) Ask me what I want to learn, in addition to teaching me what you think I ought to learn. Care about my growth as a professional. When I succeed, you look good.
12.) Google Drive: Learn it. Love it.
13.) Don't get comfortable with where you are and what you know. ALWAYS be trying to learn new things. Lifelong learning isn't a passive activity.
01:09 PM on 05/17/2013
Never ever go into credit card debt for any reason. There is nothing worth buying under age 25 that's worth being saddled and it will screw up your credit rating. Save money for emergencies instead. Max out your 401K if your employer has one. Money saved when you're young is worth exponentially more than what you contribute in desperation later. Even if you think you can't afford it, you CAN. Calculate how much you spend on latte's and brew your own coffee with a drip filter at your desk. Put the money you save away. Stop spending hundreds of dollars going out on the weekend, volunteer somewhere or find friends who don't need to spend so much. Put this money away for a down payment on your first apartment/house. If you're a woman, don't worry about finding a man before buying your first small apartment. Be savvy and just do it. The real estate will have appreciated by the time you do get married and you'll either have a nice rental or an investment that has appreciated you can roll into down payment on a house. Instead of throwing your money away on rent, you'll be investing it in your future which comes in the same good time whether you rent or own.
Calling Republicans down on their BS
10:31 AM on 05/19/2013
Some of us need to buy cars, we all don't live in NYC and don't want to take 1-2 hours to get to work in a smaller city. So yes no matter what your age you'll have a car payment.
05:12 PM on 05/19/2013
"so yes, no matter what your age you'll have a car payment"

True in your 20's, not true when older. When your car is paid for, keep making those payments to yourself in a savings account for a new car. In a few years, you'll have a 10 yr old car and be able to replace it by paying cash for a new one. Then just keep making those payments to yourself for the next car. Earning interest, even little, in a car savings account is better than paying interest on a car loan.

Obviously some things, like long term unemployment, may make this not possible, but many people can do this. It's what we've done for the last 30 years. And we were not rich.
Edward Current
Pigeonholes are where you go to find small minds
08:40 PM on 05/30/2013
Nonsense...I've never had a car payment in my life. When I was in college I inherited the old family car. When I got a job, I drove cars that cost less than $1,000. When I finally bought a new car, I paid cash that I had saved for that purpose. That's the way to do it overall -- live cheaply, save, and then pay cash for your capital expenses.
Ignorance is the biggest threat to democracy
10:33 AM on 05/17/2013
Most of this list is common sense but what I could add is that every person you interact with is unique and how well you handle this one aspect that can't be taught is a very big indicator of what success you will have in your life.
04:03 PM on 05/19/2013
what is common? what is cokmon to you, may not be to me.
Ignorance is the biggest threat to democracy
01:38 PM on 05/22/2013
Sounds like you think you know it all, no one knows it all. P.S playing games with semantics is a good way to piss people off in any workplace.
Lynn Ellingwood
01:01 AM on 05/17/2013
There is nothing you should just know by the time you are 25. But if you are signing anything including a lease you read it just like another document.
09:41 PM on 05/16/2013
Great list. I learned Pivot Tables early on (20 years ago) and still impress people with them today.
09:36 PM on 05/16/2013
Look up Yellow Snow,Asses and Elbows and don't cut off your nose to spite your face.Oh, and always vote for/not against your own interests.Vote Democrat.
11:37 AM on 05/17/2013
love your comment!!!
05:17 PM on 05/16/2013
This is a good list. I'd also add to clean up language, avoid using jargon and slang, and dress for work, which almost always means to dress more conservatively than you do in your personal life. There's nothing that tough about that -- we almost all do that regardless of our age. Wear belts. Don't wear sandals. Take "casual day" with a grain of salt: You still want to look crisp not like you've just rolled out of bed. Be kind, considerate and friendly with co-workers but go very slowly on building personal friendships with them; we spend the majority of our waking hours with coworkers, but...keeping some boundaries in place can be a wise thing. Wait a good long time before you really get more personal with anyone at work.
03:47 PM on 05/16/2013
This is actually a good list. Some philosophy, some technology.
There will always be negative nancies who resent others for trying to improve themselves.
Jeff Tenenbaum
It was never about who's the loudest.
09:53 PM on 05/16/2013
Those sound more like narcissists that can't stop fawning over themselves long enough to see their flaws.
Calling Republicans down on their BS
10:33 AM on 05/19/2013
Agreed. Also don't take life so seriously. If you believe you have to be "on" all the time, you'll be miserable.
Stunning millions with bolts of lightning...
03:25 PM on 05/16/2013
"24. Read an apartment lease before you sign. All of it."
Always a good idea. But it won't do you much could because it's a unilateral "agreement"; you cannot negotiate an apartment lease—they are take-it-or-leave-it contracts designed to retain all rights and benefits for the powerful owner, same with mortgages. Too many youngers don't know that and it's often taboo when anyone brings up this truth.

"20. The days of a college syllabus are long gone. If you're waiting for someone to give you direction, have a seat. You'll be there a while."
So without knowing the expectations of the prof, a student it supposed to what exactly? What happens when students guess incorrectly? Sounds like a clusterfrack, just like corporate employment.
04:31 PM on 05/18/2013
I think you missed the points here. There are a lot of things in apartment leases that are not common sense (depending on where you're leasing), and they are definitely negotiable in the right setting. Perhaps you've been operating in an owner's market for too long.

When the author says the days of the college syllabus is long gone, the unspoken second half of that sentence is "now that you've transitioned into the workplace". The point is you have to take initiative.
03:19 PM on 05/16/2013
Can someone tell me what number 7 means?
07:06 AM on 05/17/2013
Trust others with your private data? I'm just guessing, it's not something I would do.
07:11 AM on 05/17/2013
Most people today use Google Drive