Keep your head down and your nose to the grindstone. That’s what we were taught to believe about work. But is that the best strategy?


I find that people often take this sort of advice too seriously, and then learn too late in their careers that there’s a whole other world and life than just keeping busy.


These top 10 lessons I have learned and you should take to heart now, before it’s too late!


Career Lessons


1. Life is very short. Here’s the thing: Life is too short to put up with a job you hate, a boss who is too demanding, or a company with no prosperity and spirit. A lot of people convince themselves that they can put up with a job or career situation that makes them unsatisfied because they need the money, because they don’t know if they can find another job, or for some similar reason. However, the only truth is that none of us knows how long we have on this earth, and spending too much of it in a situation that is not convenient for us will only make you miserable and regretful. If you’re in this situation, make a change today. No matter how small but, toward a better situation.


2. Social networks are important. You might think that networking events are dull, that it’s exhausting to chat with coworkers around the water-cooler. Maybe you’re simply a born introvert, but study after study confirms that social networks are essential to our success. In fact, the most successful people tend to have the broadest and most diverse social networks. The more time and effort you put into sustaining your social networks, the more effective and successful you are likely to be.


3. Sacrificing your wellbeing for success or wealth isn’t worth it. Many driven, successful individuals have a hard time creating work/life balance and can end up burning out or getting serious health problems from big stress and overwork. Never forget that it’s much easier to stay healthy than to heal from a disease. No amount of success or money can take the place of your health. Don’t take your health for granted and take steps to lower the stress that could cause problems later.


4. None of the best moments of your life will happen while you are looking at a screen. In our connected world, it’s tempting to let all the little screens we have access to direct our lives. But you’ll never achieve the end of your life wishing you’d spent more time checking email on your phone. You should put effort into experiencing real life.


5. Never stop learning. With the rate at which technologies are changing today, if you decide that you are “done” learning, you will be left behind within a matter of years, if not sooner. The possibility that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is false, and you will never wake up and regret having invested in your mind by gaining some new useful knowledge.


6. Diversify. Hand in hand with learning, if you stick to only doing what you know, or what you are good at, you may easily find that you’re only good at only one thing. We need to be agile, nimble, and keen on many different things. You could get stuck in a job or career you don’t like, or that goes with the times. Think of the taxi driver threatened by Uber or the customer service person replaced by a chatbot.


7. You can go very fast only by yourself, but you can go farther together. Teamwork makes the dream work. Many people don’t like to work in teams, but the ability to work well in teams is essential if you want to succeed. The idea of the solo working is does not exist. Every big idea needs a team that will make it happen.


8. Worrying doesn’t bring you achievement. Actually it doesn’t bring you anything. The antidote to fear and anxiety is activity and hustle. If you’re wasting time because you’re afraid to pursue your idea and your dream, speak up. You are worried about what other people will think of you, you won’t achieve your goals. If you push through the worry and the fear,and take action, you’ll quite often find that you were stressed over nothing.


9. Failure is not the end. If you give up when you fail, you’ll never learn anything. Rather, look at failure as a new chance, as the beginning of a new journey. If you do it like that, you’re much more likely to try again and become successful at something else.


10. Happiness is a voyage, not a destination. So many people put off their happiness; they think, “I’ll be happy when I get that job, when I lose that weight, when I’m in a relationship, when I’m out of a relationship…” and so on. We can choose to be happy. Happiness is a habit and a choice. No matter what your situation in life is, if you can approach it with an attitude of happiness, you will be more successful and fulfilled.