Fortune's best advice for 22 year-old's can be applied to those of us much older, too. The last piece of the advice it to protect your reputation and the quote is very powerful, "Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room." This. Just this. What do people say about you? What are you known for?
The rest of Ryan Harwood's article hits on some great points, such as being the bigger person. I interpret this as treating people with kindness and it is so important. Although you might be on the ascent of your career, you do not know where you will wind up tomorrow or from whom you will need help or advice, so always be nice. Also, it is always best to admit your mistakes (if and when you make them). Of course, do your best to avoid mistakes - but remember, we are all human and by default can make mistakes. He speaks of never giving up and always working hard - but balance that with not being controlling and worrying about the "what-if's".
The advice from Inc.com by Betty Liu dovetails nicely with advice on how to manage your reputation by avoiding some common mistakes. She talks about the adage to behave as though it is going to be printed on the next day's newspaper headline. I use this a lot while teaching at local colleges and universities because I think the younger generation is desensitized to a newspaper cover because so much of their lives are public and shared via various social media platforms. That being said, I do coach my students to learn to live more privately - we discuss settings on their social media accounts and instead of a newspaper headline, I ask them if they would want their grandma to know what they did...hey, whatever works.
She talks about not gossiping negatively - gossip is something that bonds co-workers and we all have done it but the caution is not to be overly negative all the time about others or the company for which you work. I like that avoiding spelling errors and grammar mistakes is included - all the more reason to have your resumes and cover letters professional edited :). Lying, sloppiness and being late are also included as things to avoid doing.
What do you think about the articles' advice? How do you protect/build your own brand? Do you consider yourself to be a brand? If no, why not? Let me know in the comments below. Happy Hunting!
Fortune Article: Best Advice for a 22 year old Stop Bragging About Your Accomplishments
Inc.com Extremely Common Mistakes That Can Damage Your Reputation
Lisa Vento Nielsen