What’s the best piece of solid advice you’ve ever received? I’m not talking about ‘living each day to the fullest’ or something vague like that.
There are two things which I was told and live by.
The first was when I was working in a car dealership and answering the phone. I once took a message for one of the salesman. Someone was very interested in talking to him and buying a car. When the salesman asked what this prospective customer’s phone number was, I responded that I assumed he had it already.
He looked at me disapprovingly and told me to ‘never assume anything’.
I can’t tell you how many times in both my professional and personal life I’ve thought about what he said and put it to use. And more often than not, I was glad I did.
The second is from my mom. It’s something she told me when I was quite young. She said ‘Michelle – you never have to explain yourself to anyone.’ (Do you remember, Mom?)
This is something I live by and have used so often. People often want to hear more than what they need to know. I just greet them with a smile and silence. Have to go to the doctor, take a sick day, or just make a decision that you don’t feel like you have to explain? Guess what, unless it effects the other person, you don’t.
Other advice I (strive) to live for?
Anna Wintour has said, “Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.” This one is hard, but I think really good advice.
I never write something I wouldn’t want to be made public (including texts and private messages). I often picture my audience and imagine if I were telling it to them face to face.
Whenever I am speaking about someone, I picture them sitting with me and imagine how they would feel if they heard what I was saying.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? I’d love to hear!