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10 Life Lessons My Toddler Can Learn From My Job

This Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day. I remember as a little girl dressing up to go to work with my father; he was the CFO of a research company and always made time for Take Your Daughter to Work Day. One year I wore a grey dress with apples embroidered on the collar and skirt with a matching apple purse — it was one of my best and favorite outfits that I chose for that day. I felt so grown-up to be attending his office with the suits and the important-looking people and the big desks. When I was young, he had me help file with his accountants and when I was a little older, I got to spend the day with the research scientists, looking through microscopes and learning about the lab mice.

These days, I have my own office and big desk and coworkers. I sit at a desk from 9 am-5 pm each workday, working in Online Strategy & Services. I adore my job and my company and am so proud when I tell people what I do for a living. Harrison is a little young to be attending Take Your Child to Work Day; he’s 3 1/2 and unfortunately, I don’t have coworkers that train mice to run through mazes. I simply code emails and while I love what I do, it’s not exactly toddler-friendly work. Instead, I compiled a list of things I’ve learned after a decade of work and one year in my dream job:

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    Click through for 10 life lessons my son can learn from my full-time job.
  • Be good to people and they’ll be good to you 2 of 11
    Be good to people and they'll be good to you
    My company is the #1 multinational place in the world to work and #2 in the United States. They are dedicated to providing a comfortable, stimulating work place and incredible flexibility and benefits for employees. In return for their generosity, turnover is less than 3% and people genuinely love being in their job and strive to please the company.
    Source: Great Place to Work
    Source: CNN Money
  • Keep learning new things 3 of 11
    Keep learning new things
    Strive to learn a new skill every year. Take training classes and practice. Become a jack of all trades and a master of the things you love.
  • Be loyal 4 of 11
    Be loyal
    In a fickle world, be consistant. Be loyal to friends, family, God, and work. Know that sticking through the hard times builds character.
  • It’s okay to be frustrated 5 of 11
    It's okay to be frustrated
    It's okay to feel like a failure, and it's okay to feel. Keep trying. Keep asking questions and learning.
  • Understand your place in the world 6 of 11
    Understand your place in the world
    I think you are wonderful but the rest of the world doesn't owe you a darn thing. Know that you are special and important, but you are also replaceable in the workforce. That's why you have to work hard and be nice to people so that you become irreplaceable.
  • Don’t misuse power 7 of 11
    Don't misuse power
    Understand that every leader is held by supporters — that every opportunity is the direct result of hard work. Never take advantage of those helping you and always appreciate the work you get to do on a daily basis. This life is so precious and should never be misused.
  • Be an asset 8 of 11
    Be an asset
    Put effort and work into your life. Do good every opportunity that you can, and you'll do just fine.
  • Keep a healthy balance 9 of 11
    Keep a healthy balance
    Doing great work in the office is wonderful, but family is always more important. It's not enough to simply provide financial security — you also need to be present in their lives. Log off at 5pm, take care of sick babies, and never work on Christmas.
  • Have fun 10 of 11
    Have fun
    Enjoy what you do! Enjoy who you work for! Take stock of what makes you happy and strive for it every day.
  • Get back to basics 11 of 11
    Get back to basics
    When things get hard, take a deep breath and break it down — what is the first step? Conquer that step, then move on. Approach work, life, and building a playhouse for your children in the same manner.

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