Your Boss Doesn’t Know…11 Pieces of Advice for Surviving a Corporate Job

What they didn’t tell me on my corporate induction that I wish they had…

ONE: BE AUTHENTIC, BE EXPOSED

Bro, I was made this way…
Be true to yourself, even if that makes you stand out and feel kinda exposed. Don’t be upset if you’re a classical marble statue and you’re surrounded by hipsters who want to look at modern art. Some things are timeless and audiences change.

TWO: CHANGE IS INCREMENTAL

This spoiler adds at least 3 years experience..
You’re going to change a lot, and not all at the same time. Gaining mastery of something is like trying to convert a Kia Picanto into a Ferrari while it’s driving — some parts are going to look pretty awkward before its finished. So just keep driving..

THREE: YOUR BOSS DOESN’T KNOW

Yep, I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.
Sometimes, your boss will be an idiot — not because he/she dislikes you, or is even totally incompetent. But he/she is going though the same as above in point 2 — cut them slack, they’re still human. Help your boss when you can because while authority may come with a title, power & influence do not.

FOUR: HAVE PRIORITIES (NOT JUST BUSY)

You and everyone around you will always be“busy”. There will always be deadlines, deals on the table, friends to see, shows to go to, new bars opening, promotions dangling in front of you, as well as that elusive date you’ve been meaning to go on. Make time for yourself and stick to it. Nobody else will, so you have to be your main support.

FIVE: SITUATIONS CHANGE. BE UNDERSTANDING.

..Mean Girls prepared me better than organic chemistry….?
People, particularly friends, are going to screw you over. Try not to take it personally, just be very careful with who you trust. Someday, it will be you.

SIX: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND

The mouse gets away btw…
Give up on the “life is fair” idea and take up the “what goes around comes back around”. People will be promoted, over-payed, and respected for completely the wrong reasons and it will seem like you’re playing the game wrong. You’re not, what goes around come back around, so be true to yourself and stay the path.

SEVEN: FOLLOW YOUR IMPACT

Yep, I’ll just do this for a few years til I have enough experience…
Never choose money for money’s sake. Follow your ability to have a positive impact, and money will follow. Follow money, and you will end up stuck as a middle manager as in point 3.

EIGHT: NOT ALL MISTAKES = EXPERIENCE

Don’t smoke crack — this advice is timeless. There are some decisions that can change everything — and it’s hard to come back from them. You already know in these situations — stay away from them and the people who partake.

NINE: BAD DECISIONS ARE OK

You will make bad decisions and mistakes, and people will be hurt by these choices. Don’t hide from them, be honest with yourself, and do your best to help those you affected. Authenticity & self-awareness matter much more in the short & long-run than the perfect tactical solution with bodies in the closet.

TEN: YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ALL THE INFO

And now we’ll hire a consulting firm for a smooth transformation…
There are 3 types of people in any professional situation. The first type will tell you what they know. The second type will tell you things they don’t. Either way, there is always a missing part. Keep your cool, act with integrity, and don’t forget that there is always someone and/or something you won’t be prepared for.

ELEVEN: YOU HAVE POWER

the power of an open mind & persistant questioning
Morality may be a moving spectrum, but integrity does not change. While morality can be debated, integrity is understood by most without needing for it to be explained. People notice moral discretions, but they remember gaps in integrity —so while morality may help people listen, let your integrity give you a voice — you have more power to affect change than you realize.

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