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What would you say builds the best work assets

Updated Tucson, Arizona

when working towards a career what habits and or skills is it good to develop.

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Jackson’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

Rene: Great question. I often thought about what I would tell my younger self.

I enjoy reading. Therefore I would recommend 2 books that answered your question.

(1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.


This self-help book provides timeless principles that build one's character. I am still using the principle outlined in that book today.

(2) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


When I met with college hires (new employees just graduated from college and joined the company), I said to myself, you will be successful quicker at the work place if you practice the habits from "How to Win Friends and Influence People", instead of complaining about the things not going your way. Some of them would listen to me. But others will ignore me and continue complaint.

Jackson recommends the following next steps:

  • Read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
  • Read "How to Win Friends and Influence People"
Rene: Excellent question. When I started working at AT&T I was hired to sit out at the front desk as a receptionist. Although I was not thrilled at the initial prospect of being a "receptionist" it worked out beautifully. I met everyone including people at the very top of the Company and, became the Office Manager. I am now Executive Assistant to an Officer. The point of this is that you want to get your foot in the door and develop your skill set. Learn everything you can and meet as many people as possible. A favorite quote I have on my desk is "If you can see your road clearly in front of you, it's probably someone else's." Wishing you the very best of success wherever the road leads you!
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