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.
5. Run work issues by an honest friend outside the office.
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.
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.
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.
12. Talk to your co-workers before you bring a problem to your boss.
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.
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.
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.