Just recently I was thinking about the best advice I was ever given and posted a request on Twitter, asking for more “Best advice” and words of wisdom. I decided to compile a list from some favorite Twitter friends, listed in alphabetical order. The following is their input along with their Twitter name. I suggest you “follow” them for more great tips.
Amy Stevens @EtiquetteAmy
“Do not sweat the small stuff.”Bethany Simmons @BringLadyBack
My mother taught me to “Smile and say hello to everyone you meet.”I still do this daily and love the way it makes me feel.
Diane Gottsman @dianegottsman (Yours truly!)
From a friend giving me advice on taking a professional leap of faith, “Just close your eyes and jump.”Janene Mascarella @MrsWrite
“Know your worth.” Three words that are so empowering!Jason Henry @jasonjhenry
“You have one mouth and two ears, use them in the same proportion.”Kate Hutchinson @kehutchinson
On declaring a college major: “If you hate it, don’t spend 4 years of your life studying it.”Kate T Lewis @KTLewis
From my dear dad, “Just hold what you’ve got.” (Keep it steady and stay focused when tempted to act before thinking things through. Love my daddy!)Anastasia Schembri @LilyLemontree
“Be kind to everyone, regardless of age, race or status. It does the world a world of good!”
Mindy Lockard @TheGraciousGirl
From a young age my mom taught me that no matter how upset or frustrated I was to be careful with my words and “Never burn a bridge.” Very wise and helpful words.Nan Russell @nan_russell
From my father (credit union manager by day; jazz musician by night), “Play your own music.”Steve Cooper @hitchedmedia
There are two comments that immediately stand out for me.
The first one is comes from my former boss and mentor, Rieva Lesonsky, former Entrepreneur magazine editorial director and now CEO of Grow Biz Media. I remember standing in her office and her telling me, “You can’t wait, you have to build it!” I know it sounds like something out of “Field of Dreams,” but she was referring to my website, Hitched. For many months I met with her to discuss strategy and ideas and she finally stopped me in my tracks to put the talk into action. Within a month hitchedmag.com was up and running and we’ve been publishing ever since.
The second piece of advice I received came while I was in college. I was taking a journalism course and my professor, Don Menn, said to the class “Always start at the top.” This applies to anything from interview requests to searching for a job. I’ve used this many times over the years when I’m thinking about the next step I need to take on a new endeavor. This doesn’t mean that I circumvent the proper channels; rather it’s more like the phrase, “Dream Big” while putting it into action.Sue Jacques @TheCivilityCEO
“Always dress up and arrive 5 minutes early. You never know whom you might meet in the waiting room!”
Suzanne Nourse @EtiquetteOttawa
From my Mum, “Always do your best”, from James Bryant Conant, “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” and from my husband, “Enjoy the journey”.Thomas Farley @MisterManners
“Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.”Tyler J. Hightower @TylerJHightower
“Give grace to others at ALL times! You never know what difficulty they may be going through!” (On a personal note – and you do Tyler!)
What is the best advice you have ever been given? Post your comment below and automatically enter the chance to be selected to win a free copy of my book, Pearls of Polish, an etiquette guide for today’s busy woman, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Go ahead…just close your eyes and jump!