Earlier this week I sat on a panel to share professional advice to a group of aspiring law school students. The panel consisted of myself, a judge, Dean of Admissions for a law school, and a second year law student. At one point we were asked to share key tips with the students about workplace behavior and professionalism. Check out a small excerpt of the press release that includes my words to the group:
- You cannot cheat the grind. You’ll have to do the research, you’ll have to take the long route, and there won’t always be someone there to answer your questions. Don’t be lazy, just get it done.
- Working smarter doesn’t meant that you won’t have to work hard. We give ourselves permission to give up when we assume that there’s always an “easier” way to do something. Sometimes, working smarter does mean working harder. Get it out of your mind now that the two are mutually exclusive.
- Don’t get comfortable; you haven’t “made it” yet. Your boss has earned their stripes, so they can stroll in later and leave earlier. They can dress more casual and be more informal in meetings. You, on the other hand, are still trying to work your way up there. Don’t think that you can get away with anything – instead, keep showing up with as much energy and enthusiasm as you did your first day.
- Never stop trying to become qualified for the job. Consistently find a new way to grow and develop your skill set. Be your own competition and be able to see your results increase every year.