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15 Career Tips From ‘How I Met Your Mother’

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  • 1. Be your own cheerleader.

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    Self-fives might be a little conspicuous around the office, but there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your accomplishments, even if they’re as simple as getting the printer un-jammed.

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  • 2. Challenge yourself.

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    Offer to take on a responsibility outside your job description, and raise your hand when your boss asks for volunteers. As Barney has proven, even if it doesn’t go as you hoped you’ll learn a lot about yourself and your abilities.

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  • 3. Learn to respectfully listen to other’s opinions.

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    Unless they’re Patrice. It’s ok to ignore Patrice.

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  • 4. Don’t be afraid to break the rules every once in a while.

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    A Wikipedia page on successful people who followed the rules 100 percent of the time would be really short.

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  • 5. Run work issues by an honest friend outside the office.

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    Sometimes it’s impossible to tell if your co-worker is actually crazy or you’ve just sat in the next cubicle for too long. Talk it out with a friend who’s not afraid to tell you if they think you’re the problem.

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  • 6. Always over-prepare.

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    That includes learning the proper pronunciation of everyone’s name who might show up for a meeting, as well as how to work the computer you’ll be using for your presentation. You never know when you might be called on.

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  • 7. If you’re unhappy with where your career is going, plan instead of complain.

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    When Ted gets in a funk about his future, no progress is made and no fun is had. Allow yourself fifteen minutes to vent, then make some goals, possibly while listening to ‘Eye of the Tiger.’

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  • 8. Be smart about what you post on social media.

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    Even if your Facebook is private. Even if your boss doesn’t even know what Twitter is. It’s always safest to avoid complaining online about your job.

  • 9. Dress to impress.

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    Throwing on a suit (or dress) can make everything seem better. (Or at least more professional.)

  • 10. Know when to ask for help.

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    Everyone has their own set of strengths. Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is recognize that a co-worker’s strength compliments your weakness, and agree to help each other.

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  • 11. Don’t let a setback bring you down.

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    How many times did one of the HIMYM five end up job-less, pants-less, on the couch eating ice cream? Once you see it as a temporary setback instead of an indication of the direction your life is heading you can just enjoy your mid-morning sundae.

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  • 12. Talk to your co-workers before you bring a problem to your boss.

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    Nothing will escalate a problem faster than bringing it to the higher-ups before your co-worker knows about the issue. It’s always an awkward conversation, but it’s better than having to deal with their death stare after the fact.

  • 13. Take ownership of your accomplishments.

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    Accept compliments and don’t be afraid to rattle off your qualifications when you want more responsibilities. Just make sure you let your co-workers have their moments too.

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  • 14. Pay attention to details.

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    Listen during the meetings, no matter how much you want to play Candy Crush under the desk. Listen when your co-worker is talking, even if you think it doesn’t concern you. Listen when the guy from IT is telling you about his daughter’s play. The more you know, the more capable and valuable you’ll be.

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  • 15. Don’t be afraid to leave a job you’ve outgrown.

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    Sure being the lottery numbers girl is easier, but an entry-level journalism job is more rewarding. Always work toward your dream job.

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