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Wisdom that’s stood the test of time will help you not hate your job
It’s “Pomp and Circumstance” time, which leaves plenty of grads asking, “What’s next?” When I last donned cap and gown (14 years ago – UGH!), I turned to What Color is Your Parachute?, the go-to guide for many entering the workforce over the last 30 (yes, 30!) years.
No offense to Parachute scribe, Richard Bolles, but he’s like a jillion years old. I think today’s grads would be better prepared for their first post-college gig – which will likely involve cleaning coffee pots, ordering endless wrap sandwiches, and delivering jars of jam to clients – with 33-year-old Megan Hustad’s new book, How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work . Hustad recently spoke with Newsweek , explaining that her book collects career insight from renowned sages through the ages – including Stephen Covey, Dale Carnegie, even Emily Post. Some of the golden nuggets from the interview:
“It’s not how clever or how good you are, or how sparkling your prose is. Rather, if you’re not someone who has ultimately presented himself as someone who higher-ups want to see succeed, you’re not going to.”
On Stephen Covey: “He essentially says we’re too quick to over identify with both our successes and our mistakes, and that your success is going to rest as much on how you handle your screw-ups as much as how you handle the gold stars.”
“Don’t underestimate how susceptible higher-ups are to kindness. I don’t think you realize it when you’re in a subordinate position, but your boss wants to be liked by you. They won’t tell you that, but if you’re pleasant and gracious and kind to them, and even if you have to force it sometimes, it will work to your benefit.”
Get the whole scoop at Newsweek.com.