This is 30

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By Tiffany Miller, Account Supervisor, R&J Public Relations

I recently (reluctantly) celebrated a milestone; I turned 30. There, I said it, and I’m not taking it back.

Amidst opening presents, eating cake, and drowning my youth at a local watering hole with friends, the big “three-zero” got me thinking about the past decade and what I’ve learned. For the purpose of this post, I’ll stick to the professional highlights. So here you have it, the 30 things I learned before turning 30 about the real world.

  1. It’s not just a job it’s a career, so treat it like one.
  2. You can create your own opportunities; you just have to look for them.
  3. If you work hard enough consistently, it will pay off and be rewarded.
  4. Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. “Good job,” “thank you,” and “nice work,” are three phrases that have never ruined anyone’s day.
  5. Only work for people you respect. If you don’t, you’re doing yourself an injustice.
  6. Never cry at work. Please, at least make it to the bathroom before the waterworks start.
  7. Get a mentor, and listen to the advice and guidance they give you.
  8. Always have an opinion.
  9. Be able to make a decision and stand by it.
  10. Never stop learning.
  11. Humor will help you through almost anything but know when to rein it in.
  12. Say thank you, and let people know that you appreciate them and the work they do.
  13. Use your vacation time.
  14. Don’t feel bad about using your vacation time.
  15. You’ll never feel tempted to steal credit for someone else’s work if you’re proud of and confident in the work that you do.
  16. Learn how to celebrate other people’s successes. It will motivate you to achieve your own.
  17. Know when you’re wrong, and own it.
  18. You’ll make plenty of mistakes, but don’t make the mistake of not learning from them.
  19. If you look in the mirror in the morning and have to ask yourself, “Is this appropriate to wear to work?” It isn’t. Change immediately.
  20. Read.
  21. Watch the news.
  22. You can never be too prepared.
  23. My parents will never understand what I do for a living.
  24. Shut up and listen.
  25. You can’t fix stupid.
  26. If you don’t know or understand something, ask for help.
  27. You can’t teach someone how to have a good work ethic.
  28. Money matters, but so does your quality of life; weigh both evenly.
  29. Take time to celebrate your accomplishments.
  30. Wine can make a bad day good and a good day even better.


Did I miss anything? Share your real world lessons below.

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