As children, we learn valuable lessons that lay the foundation for how we act for the rest of our lives. Our parents and teachers teach us about respect, resilience, and the importance of manners. These lessons are ingrained into us as young children, and evident in our day-to-day adult lives. The gravity and impact is felt not only in our personal lives, but also in our professional lives. Here are six lessons that we all learned in elementary school that are important in business.
Think Before You Speak – Growing up, all children learn that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then you shouldn’t say anything at all. This could not be more accurate or relevant to business. In the professional world, your network and contacts are your lifeline, and the worst thing you can do is ruin those relationships by saying something offensive. It is important to resist the urge to act on your impulse and gut reaction to phone calls and emails. Take the time to properly evaluate the conversation, and form an appropriate response to the situation.
Always Say Thank You – Regardless of your age, manners are important both in life and in business. How you interact with colleagues and clients is important, and manners certainly go a long way. Saying please and thank you to express your gratitude will make those around you feel valued and appreciated, ultimately leading to better relationships.
It’s No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk – Every business experiences setbacks. Success in business can be determined not only from the easy times, but also from noting how you bounce back from failures. Successful business owners do not dwell on the negative aspects or occurrences, but use them as lessons on how to improve for the future. Focus on maintaining a positive mentality during a crisis, and watch your business grow because of it.
If You Get Knocked Down, Get Back Up – Other’s don’t always play well in the sandbox. Resilience is key in the professional world. Things will not always go your way, but you cannot let that hinder you. There will be plenty of setbacks like losing an account, losing a job, or messing up a major business proposal. No career path is completely smooth sailing, so prepare for bumps in the road. Learning how to brush yourself off after getting knocked down while keeping your spirits high is setting you up to be successful.
Treat Others the Way That You Want To Be Treated – This is self-explanatory. There are few lessons in life that are more important than learning about respect. Both in the personal and professional world, respect is king. Not only do you need to respect your employee or employers, but it is also critical to respect colleagues and clients.
Make Sure You Make Time for Play – It is a common misconception that being an adult means that it is all business, all the time. In fact, the complete opposite is true. Whether you are holding down a full-time job, juggling two part-time jobs, or you are running your own company, make sure that you are prioritize time to have some fun. According to an article published on helpguide.org, a trusted resources for mental an emotional health, “play is crucial for a child’s development and is also beneficial for people of all ages. Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to others and the world around you. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.” Every day, take at least 5 minutes to do something you enjoy. This will help to re-set your mentality, and make you more productive at work.
We often take these childhood teachings for granted, and disregard the effect that they have on our success. Take a minute to examine your life. How many of these lessons do you utilize every day?