Collective Career Wisdom

By, 12/08/2011

Over the course of my career at Fisher Investments, I’ve always found it helpful to seek guidance, advice or even just chat with different people across our organization. And that’s something I recommend everyone, no matter where they are in a career, to do on a regular basis. The insights and wisdom others can share, often even unknowingly, provides me with better perspective on my role, allows me to see “the bigger picture” of what we’re all here to do and provides me with areas I might change in my own life. I also read a fair deal of wisdom online and in career management books, and to that end, I thought I’d share a few notable things I’ve read recently:

  • They say attitude is everything, and this recent post from the staff at Slate helps put your mind in the right place, whether you’re starting your career or well into the twilight years of it.
  • It might be unique to American culture (although I suspect not,) but sleeping is oft neglected by many. But developing better sleeping habits can be one of the most productivity-enhancing things you can do. When you’re asleep, your brain and body is able to rest and recuperate—essentials to sustained peak performance.
  • “By using simple, clear, precise language—and following a few other basic writing rules—you can become a better communicator and improve the prospects for your career.” Words to write by.
  • You don’t have to be an ultra marathoner, but simple and regular exercise too can pay dividends in the workplace.

Look for more “Collective Wisdom” in the coming days. And of course, feel free to pass along any you might find useful as well!