Career development is at the heart of everything we do at Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning.
That’s why we’re always keen to learn from those with hard-earned career insights.
With that in mind, take a look at these words of wisdom as five top execs share the best careers advice they ever received, or wish they had.
‘Avoid being paralysed by fear’
‘When I graduated from college, I interviewed 300+ people about their best career advice. Not to downgrade their advice, but the best career lesson came from a fainting goat. Adult fainting goats experience temporary paralysis when they face fear. On the other hand, baby fainting goats know nothing about fear and move about the farm freely. The key to a career: Avoid being paralyzed by fear.’
- Brett Farmiloe, CEO of Markitors and Forbes Agency Council member
‘Slay the dragon’
‘Dragons take on many forms – the hardest task of the day, a new responsibility, an impending deadline, or even dealing with conflict – and the trick is to just slay the dragon and move on. Don’t overthink it. To succeed, you have to have the confidence to take things head on and keep moving forward.’
- Sarah Mannone, VP of Client Services at TREKK.
‘Fight for happiness’
‘A fairy tale misconception is that happiness (in work or in life) is presented to you by someone else (like a knight in shining armour). Truth is, your life, happiness, sense of balance and even how people treat you, are completely in your control. But the kicker is you have to fight for these things each day.’
- Jaymie Scotto Cutaia, CEO of leading marketing, events and PR firm JSA.
‘Yes’ is best
‘Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.’
- Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google.
Take successes (and stumbles) in your stride
‘Don’t take yourself (or your career) too seriously. Plenty of brilliant people started out in jobs they hated or took paths that weren’t right at the beginning of their careers. Professional development is no longer linear, and trust that with hard work and a dedication to figuring out what you want to do with your life, you, too, will be OK!’
- Kathryn Minshew, CEO of career development platform The Muse.
Whatever stage of your career you’re at, these sage pieces of advice should help you feel surefooted as you take your next steps.
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