Four Work Lessons Learned from the Ultimate Boss—Mom

This weekend we celebrate mothers everywhere with Mother’s Day. Though it may not have seemed like it when we were growing up, our moms actually dispensed some good advice. In fact, advice that translates into success in the workplace. So as we race to the store to buy a Mother’s Day card, let’s look at some of the things we learned from our moms.

If at First You Don’t Succeed Try, Try Again. We will all be faced with challenging situations in life. What helps us grow is looking at the different ways we can approach and overcome each situation.

See the Positive in Things. Nobody wants to be around a sourpuss. Try to see the glass as half full instead of half empty. Once you reframe how you view things, you’ll see new possibilities.

Teamwork is Key. Sure, you are very capable, but build a team of capable people, each with his or her own strengths, and see what you can achieve together.

Say Please and Thank You. Two phrases we were all taught at a very young age, and yet, they apply to all areas of our lives. It’s amazing what displaying a little common courtesy can get you. The converse is even more true. Be rude and disrespectful and see how far that gets you (hint: not very).

What other lessons did you learn from your mom? We’d love to hear. To all the moms out there—Happy Mother’s Day!


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