Advice is free, but not all advice should be taken. During undergrad, I had a handful of professors who made points or statements about life, career or the future that resonated with me heavily. I would say the most important lesson that comes to mind most often and has, in large part, shaped the way I make most of my professional and personal decisions is to ask myself “is the juice worth the squeeze?” before moving forward with any decision. Is the effort and resources allocated worth the potential outcome. Is what you put in worth what you’re going to get out of it or accomplish
I wondered what other notable encounters and advice resonated with my coworkers. I also wondered if the advice that resonated most with them was because it was the best advice they’ve received or because it was the worst. So I asked them. I decided to chat with some of the team and ask about some of the major “mile markers” in their professional journeys and we thought we would share it!
Here is what Frank Judd, Director of Client Accounts, had to say…
What is the best advice you have ever received in regards to professional growth?
If you don’t proactively ask for growth opportunities or inquire about your areas of opportunity from those responsible for your advancement, you’re already behind pace for a promotion.
What is the worst advice you have ever received in regards to professional growth?
Wait until your boss evaluates your performance to bring up growth areas/improvement opportunities.
What is the best and worst advice you’ve received about work/life balance?
Work/life balance is about understanding when to be present. The balancing act is knowing to be fully present at work so you’re maximizing production while being truly engaged with your team and then be fully present in your personal life so you’re maximizing your experiences with those you love. Never be one foot in, one foot out in either – that’s how you get lost in the stresses and obligations of both.
There is no such thing as work/life balance. This one is tied with: if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. People so easily mistake effort for work. Loving what you do and striving to be the best at it requires significant effort daily in order to effectively thrive.
What is the most valuable client interaction you’ve had to date? What did you learn and how has it shaped you professionally?
My interaction(s) with Arla are the most valuable as they define what it means to be partners in this business. I’ve learned how incredibly valuable this type of client relationship is because it is so uncommon. The rarity of it has shaped how I communicate with other clients who are not the same or who don’t treat our relationship like a partnership in hopes to transition into one that does. Learning to gain the same level of trust within all my accounts in order to truly maximize what we are able to do together.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received? What is the most valuable business lesson you have learned? Share with us your most notable piece of guidance via our socials or contact our Marketing Specialist, Trisha Patel at [email protected]!