Yes, there are some life lessons you learn at work. Whether you see the workplace as somewhere you go between 9-5 to earn your wage, or as a stepping stone in the bigger picture of your career, a lot of lessons are learned along the way. Lessons that make you better at the job. Lessons that help you progress your career, and more importantly, lessons that can help you succeed in life in general. Here are 7 of the best life lessons you can learn from work.
1. Always step outside your comfort zone
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be… uncomfortable (obviously)… but the minute you do, your confidence grows. It’s one of the best ways for you to develop in everything you do and it can open the door to lots more opportunities.
Staying in the same comfort zone (whilst it might seem cozy) won’t help you grow and won’t give you those opportunities. So take the leap! This is one of the most important life lessons you learn at work.
2. Never stop learning
Just because you’ve finished University… and you’ve done the required training for your job, it doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.
Life can get boring if you don’t learn new things! The more you learn the more comfortable you will be in social situations as you’ll have plenty more to talk about too.
Also, when it comes to making changes in anything, you’ll find you pick things up and adapt more quickly to different circumstances if you’re a regular learner.
3. It’s ok to fail
Making mistakes and failing is the best way to learn… and everyone makes mistakes in life so you’re not alone!
The more mistakes you make, the more you learn and grow. This again opens doors to more opportunities.
Not wanting to fail is similar to staying inside your comfort zone and not seeking new opportunities. It’s better to try and fail than not try and never know. It’s also important to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat them in the future!
4. Stick to your morals
Whatever your morals are in life, you should stick to them. Don’t agree to do something which you don’t feel comfortable with because it isn’t in line with your morals.
5. Never stop networking
Networking is one of the most valuable things you can do throughout life. Meeting new people can be a fun experience and the more you meet, the more contacts you have.
In the workplace the more contacts you have, the more people you know you can go to for help. This also applies in real life and some of these connections can also turn into friends. Think about how much more you can achieve with a network of people rather than on your own…
6. People Skills
Whatever your job is, you’ll most likely have to work with people from all different backgrounds with different personality types… and you’re most likely not going to get on with every single one of them.
That’s normal… not all personality types gel.
But it’s important to learn to work with different people to get the job done.
Learning to change situations rather than people is a skill that can help in all sorts of different situations in life.
7. Don’t be a quitter
Jobs can be hard… but that doesn’t mean you should quit every time the going gets rough.
As soon as you throw in the towel, that challenge, along with the chances of success are over. Learn to embrace the situation and take on the challenges in life – you’ll learn, grow, increase your confidence and the feeling of satisfaction is definitely worth it!
Written by Karen