Here’s some career advice you’ll want to copy, paste, print out and laminate.
It comes via former First Lady, sometime Secretary of State and possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when she sat down with US Glamour magazine to talk about dealing with sexism and the expectation of perfection.
She also gave some kick arse career advice.
Here are five of our favourite quotes.
1. Don’t underestimate the value of putting your head down, and getting the job done.
“I will say, keeping your head down and doing the best job you can in the beginning gives you the opportunity to be evaluated on the basis of the contributions you are making. I often would listen more than talk in my early meetings with people…. [Then], when you feel strongly about your work or about a position, you’ll be given more attention [than] if you hadn’t done that constantly.”
2. Know when you need to speak up – and practice doing it.
“At the same time, you cannot be afraid to present yourself. And sometimes that takes practice. If you’re not comfortable with public speaking—and nobody starts out comfortable, you have to learn how to be comfortable—practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust.”
3. It’s okay to ask for help.
“I’m a big believer in that, because I don’t think any of us have the answers to everything. There’s no human being on earth who fits that category. So why wouldn’t you ask for help? Why wouldn’t you run ideas by people that you respect? Too many young people cast around trying to figure out what the answer is themselves, because they’re afraid to come back and say, “I’m not sure I understood you,” or “Could you give me a little more information about what you need?” Just do that. It saves you time, it saves your boss’s or mentor’s time. And it’s a great lesson to learn.”