The past four years have felt like a crash course MBA with some of the world's best teachers and advisers. So it only seemed right to compile all of the lessons I've scribbled into my Nielsen notebook over the years, and to share them with you.
Last year, I wrote "11 Lessons You'll Learn the Hard Way about Love". I'm glad to follow up with "11 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way about Life...While Working at Nielsen".
1. Go after what you know you've earned, not what you think you deserve.
2. Make it personal, but don't take it personally.
3. Your courage to do what's right has to be greater than your fear of getting hurt.
4. Know what you work for and know what you live for.
5. Use stress as a sign that something needs to change!
6. Failure is an option--just don't make it yours.
7. You're not responsible for getting knocked down, but you are responsible for getting back up.
8. Trust that you have everything you need to get anything and anywhere you want.
9. Smart is more EQ than it is IQ.
10. It's either apples to apples, or it's not relevant.
11. If you're not sure if what you do matters, make a mistake and see what happens.
Bonus: Turn in your expense report before Mastercard/Amex takes matters into their own hands.