Smart Woman - Best Advice Ever

Published 03/11 2013 07:34AM

Updated 03/11 2013 09:14AM

"Be part of the solution, not part of the problem," or "Don't be afraid to make mistakes." We've all heard them. Great pieces of advice that stick with you and in some cases maybe even shape the course of your career.

Karen Vidt is a Certified Public Accountant and owns a thriving tax business. One secret for her success: clear communication. She said, "You just expect people to know what you think, know what you want, and they don't always." Executive coach Janice Sabatine says communication really is key. Sabatine added, "Think first. Really synthesize your ideas before you open your mouth." And for those who lean toward being long-winded there's WAIST: Why Am I Still Talking?

Everyone has at least one gem of wisdom they've filed away for later. Kim Ebersole said, "I would say the best piece of advice I've ever gotten has been to not compromise any values." "Always present yourself as if it's your own business," said Chris D'Angelo. And Mary Lou Barud says to "Try new things. It's okay to make a mistake because we learn from it."

Sabatine said sometimes you learn the most from situations you like the least. No one likes criticism, whether it's constructive or not. For those times, remember Q-TIP - Quit Taking It Personally. Sabatine said,
"Many of my clients tell me they don't always have the Q-tip on them, but
they think of it or they'll put their hand in their pocket and
remember the Q-tip. When there's some kind of interaction going on,
quit taking it personally." 

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