Be your own beatbox.
UPDATED y’all! (4/26/13)
My carpool buddy and I have developed some life/work rules. We always forget them, so I thought I’d post them and update them as needed.
Never come with problems. Always come with solutions. My first real boss told me this, and it is the best advice I ever got.
Don’t be an jerk. This includes straight-up in your face jerks, passive aggressive jerks, smack-talking scheming jerks, etc. If you are a good person, folks will want to be your friend and/or work with you.
Do your own time. Don’t compare yourself with others or get mixed up in their drama. Set goals based on your aspirations and work towards them. This is your life, so live it as you. Do your own time.
Always hustle. Work hard. In my experience folks will happily assist you, stand up for you, and collaborate with you if they trust you will work hard and give the best you’ve got.
Keep it cool. Every workplace has its horrible managers, gossipy coworkers, etc. It is fine to daydream about the destruction of their professional or personal lives (hahah…just kidding…well, kind of), but when in meetings or in public, always keep it cool. Keep it professional.
Be your own beatbox – all you need to be is you. My acting teacher in college used to always say this…when acting in a scene he could tell when we were trying too hard or not being authentic. No one likes posers or rhyme biters. Be your own beatbox. Speak in your own voice.