What's the Best Career Advice You've Ever Received?

It's my first week at a new internship and I'm looking for all the advice I can get.
  1. "Tell people what you want."
    If you don't tell people what you want or aspire to be, they don't know and can't help you.
  2. Do what brings you joy and then work isn't work. It is your passion and becomes part of who you are.
    Best wishes as you begin this journey. Follow your heart, trust your intuition, teach and learn something every day. Have fun! 💚🍀🎉
    Suggested by   @Heartsounds
  3. "You are not responsible for how people react to what you have to say, if it's honest and true, and you work hard."
    Told to me by an old boss in college, when a ton of the people we worked with were being dramatic and lazy and wasting time, and I stood up for myself and said something about it.
    Suggested by   @ripnclebass
  4. "You're not working for your bosses, you're working for yourself"
    Offered to me in response to feeling bad and selfish about quitting a job
    Suggested by   @stevecady
  5. "Ask for more money, always"
    Within reason, of course. Offered in response to me saying I just wanted to get some work experience so was flexible on pay.
    Suggested by   @stevecady
  6. Be kind to everyone you deal with, from the receptionist to the intern to the janitor. Even to the boss.
    This isn't about being phony but it's about respect. People are always watching your behavior.
    Suggested by   @angela3950
  7. YOU are a brand.
    Even if you work in a large organization, make people want your services.
    Suggested by   @PassiveAggressor
  8. There's no such thing as a work life balance.
    Know yourself, know when you're starting to burn out. Listen to your body, and prioritize mental health when you need to.