1. Be your own advocate.
  2. Never write something unless you're comfortable seeing it on the front page of the New York Times.
  3. When you start a new job, say yes to everything for the first six months. You will establish a reputation as a can-do person and learn a lot along the way.
  4. Don't apologize unless you've made a mistake. If you have, apologize swiftly and sincerely.
  5. Keep emails to five sentences. If you need a sixth, pick up the phone.
  6. Sit at the table. Literally.
  7. Find the one task your boss must do, but hates doing, and make that task easier for them. You will be rewarded.
  8. Negotiate extra vacation days if you aren't satisfied with your compensation.