What is the best advice you've ever received from your mentor which changed your life?

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rmfK88

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The Walt Disney Company
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Jun 19 577 Comments

Collection of thoughts. Mine is "If your lawn is big then put more benches not raise your fence".

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  • Google tussauds
    You have to solicit for yourself at work. There are those who are working and those who are seen to be working and those in the latter group end up being rewarded accordingly. Humility about your accomplishments on the job will do you no good during performance reviews.
    Jun 19 14
    • Orgs where braggers are rewarded are toxic political orgs. If you find yourself in one – leave. Unless you are only good at bragging. Good managers should be able to see bragging for what it is. In good orgs braggers are slapped for playing politics instead of getting stuff done.
      Jun 22
    • Amazon lpstrong
      Unless you are in a startup where higher ups continuously see your work, 40% of your job is advertising your work. No company has an automated metricable system to match your pay and value. When perception and bureaucratic documentation have a large impact on your career, you need to pay attention to these.
      Jun 22
    • @tussauds please go on
      Jun 22
    • Facebook / Eng
      deepanalys

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Facebook
      deepanalysmore
      Never advertised my work, because it's not something that interests me. If I didn't see rewards, I moved on.
      Jun 23
    • American Express / Eng wuali
      I think it's my responsibility to keep the manager, PM and tech lead I work with in the loop. I pretend it's their collective responsibility to ensure my work gets rewarded. If I'm not. They have failed me and I move on. I think such an approach is possible as an IC. Not really feasible if you want to take more of a leadership role.
      Jun 23
  • Adidas coisna
    "don't be an idiot". Changed my life.
    Jun 19 9
    • Intel wIFr32
      🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Jun 22
    • Apple Justdance
      hhhhaha
      Jun 22
    • Lyft / Eng
      jogan

      Lyft Eng

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      Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Airbnb
      joganmore
      These types of comments make me come back to Blind over and over again!
      Jun 22
    • Facebook Sffffft
      You MUST be an idiot if that was life changing 😂😂😂😂😂
      Jun 22
    • He was an idiot but stopped being one after this enlightening piece of advice.
      Jun 22
  • Amazon GOTfever
    People don’t remember anything other than how you made them feel.
    Jun 22 3
    • Lyft 0xabc0de
      This
      Jun 22
    • Disney / Eng
      mav.rick

      Disney Eng

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      The Walt Disney Company
      BIO
      Software Engineer
      mav.rickmore
      So true
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft File.Open
      Mind blowing. True.
      Jun 22
  • Nvidia / Eng Mr.XoXo
    It's just 6 hours of interview in-between your current job and your dream job
    Jun 22 2
    • Capital One hejaksfhj
      And a hell of a lot of leetcode
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft PayUTues
      Unless your dream job has nothing to do with coding.
      Jun 22
  • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
    Being right doesn’t matter if other people don’t want to listen to you.
    Jun 22 3
    • 6sense uehdnnen
      Best thing I ever heard
      Jun 22
    • Oracle SfsM37
      I thought being right a lot was an amazon value. Do you get mentorship from fortune cookie papers or inspirational calendars instead?
      Jun 25
    • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
      Don’t know what you’re trying to say. This is a distillation of honest and extremely valuable feedback I received in the past.
      Jun 25
  • Snapchat
    greatu

    Snapchat

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    Google
    greatumore
    Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.
    Jun 23 3
    • Microsoft suany1
      My favorite, thus far.
      Jun 23
    • Covisint CAFEEFAC
      Harvey Spectar
      Jun 24
    • ICU Medical / Mktg
      user3.0

      ICU Medical Mktg

      BIO
      Trying my own thing but doing something for someone else. 🤷🏼‍♂️
      user3.0more
      Stellar
      Jun 25
  • Oracle DjWaleBabu
    Working hard won't get you anywhere, working smart will.
    Jun 19 1
    • Google @❤️
      Not true, you need both
      Jun 22
  • SAP DCguy33
    Stop preparing and jump right in. You will surprise yourself with your skills and adaptability.

    Unless you fail, in which case its a great learning experience.
    Jun 19 3
  • Twitter
    Oomnj

    Twitter

    BIO
    It’s all shitposts and jokes - get a sense of humor!
    Oomnjmore
    Man up, emotions don’t matter, no one cares or loves you unconditionally, it’s a do or die world, you are what you can provide, lift everyday, and pretty importantly showed me how anti-Natalism was terrible
    Jun 19 7
    • InVision bbabb
      Either you’re trolling or just a real sad lad.
      Jun 22
    • Twitter / Eng T Rex
      Terrible advice, all of it including ‘lift everyday’
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft k7ScXF
      You must be such a lovely manager and team player
      Jun 22
    • Twitter
      Oomnj

      Twitter

      BIO
      It’s all shitposts and jokes - get a sense of humor!
      Oomnjmore
      Better than people who organize seminars on “how to cry at work”
      Jun 22
    • Amazon MsSanchez
      Amazon advantage. Everyone know to cry at their door desk.
      Jun 22
  • New hfRM78
    Live close to work because you can't ever get back the time you wasted on commutes
    Jun 22 5
    • Uber さくら
      Do you get back the rest of your time?
      Jun 22
    • Facebook / Eng
      deepanalys

      Facebook Eng

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      Facebook
      deepanalysmore
      No, but you get time to rest
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft PayUTues
      I have to keep reminding my wife about this one.
      Jun 23
    • Facebook / Eng
      deepanalys

      Facebook Eng

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      Facebook
      deepanalysmore
      At least you have a wife.
      Jun 23
    • SAP qIEw75
      THIS. ^^^ SO TRUE.
      Jul 2
  • New Zzzx
    I had a manager early in my career who said “sometimes you need to walk into my office when you don’t have a problem to solve”. In other words walk in here sometimes with good news. It was such useful advice about building relationships.
    Jun 22 2
    • Amazon gueiap
      This
      Jun 22
    • SAP qIEw75
      Agree. It took me awhile to realize building relationship is part of my job
      Jul 2
  • Expedia themule
    When you're lying on your deathbed, no one from work is going to come visit you
    Jun 22 2
    • Expedia sharadada
      Dara give you this advice? My peers are some of my closest friends. I’d trust them with my life.
      Jun 22
    • So true. They are your real friends if you are in touch with them years after you left that team and company. I have few but 90% are not friends anymore
      Jun 22
  • Salesforce sk8er
    When you succeed in a project, you get titles, but when you fail, you learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t follow shiny projects and promotions only. Take some risks and become a strong engineer.
    Jun 19 0
  • Microsoft bambamlolz
    Prepare well for interviews and keep interviewing. Even if you have no intention to switch
    Jun 22 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      zabador

      Amazon Eng

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      Bloomberg LP
      zabadormore
      100% this. Interviewing is a skill. Most need to practice and keep sharp to see the best results.
      Jun 22
  • SAP garlicB
    “Don’t write anything in email you would be embarrassed if it was printed out and pinned on the fridge in the break room” - this was 15 years ago. Over the years I’ve failed but it’s still something I think about when angrily responding to someone and I’ve deleted or thought about my response.
    Jun 19 0
  • DocuSign BigTimer
    Find a fit, don't fit a find
    Jun 22 3
    • ICU Medical / Mktg
      user3.0

      ICU Medical Mktg

      BIO
      Trying my own thing but doing something for someone else. 🤷🏼‍♂️
      user3.0more
      Wow.
      Jun 22
    • Credit Karma leetkode
      👌
      Jun 22
    • LinkedIn tar-cfz
      <keanu>Whoa</keanu>
      Jun 22
  • Clover Health sses
    "We often fear what we do not understand. Our best defense is knowledge."
    Jun 20 3
    • New / Eng
      rmfK88

      New Eng

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      The Walt Disney Company
      rmfK88more
      OP
      Thanks a lot :)
      Jun 20
    • Clover Health sses
      ♥️
      Jun 20
    • New / Strategy
      Porsche996

      New Strategy

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      Tesla Motors, BMW, McKinsey, Porsche
      BIO
      MIT BS MechE, Stanford GSB
      Porsche996more
      'We attribute what we don't understand as luck' - Elon Musk 1:1
      Jun 24
  • Tesla ElonB
    Don't just pick the company, pick your manager.
    Jun 22 6
    • Amazon gueiap
      Also don’t pick your asshole
      Jun 22
    • New / Consultant KMfc81
      I see this everywhere and don't quite understand how can one pick their next 'good' manager without actually taking the plunge and working with them first?
      Jun 22
    • T-Mobile fun oh
      Since nose and ass are covered. Don't pick anything else in between.
      Jun 22
    • Tesla ElonB
      You interview with the manager right, ask them about their experience, look at their LinkedIn experience, is this person capable, skilled and have experience in leadership roles? You're interviewing with the rest of the team, ask them about their relationship with the manager point blank.
      Jun 22
    • Apple tsrvbae
      Can’t agree more to it. Manager can make a lot of difference in your experience at work.
      Jun 22
  • Microsoft / Field Ops techie0708
    To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid
    Jun 22 1
    • Clover Health sses
      Glorious.
      Jun 22
  • Microsoft PayUTues
    “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not working hard enough.”

    He said this while fully taking the blame for a mistake I had made. A man that has forever earned my respect and taught me how to manage people.

    Edit: same manager told me, “stay technical as long as you can. There is nobody more unloved than a middle manager in the unemployment line.”
    Jun 22 9
    • Drake. You realize there are multiple evenings in an Year
      Jun 22
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      Stating the obvious... you can only be at one place at one time. You can choose to keep things 50/50 or choose to do put more effort like 80/20. There's a reason why Olympians are masters of winning at one sport.
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft PayUTues
      Wow. You’ll definitely be nothing more than you are today.
      Jun 23
    • Pure Storage meemeep
      Do you mean don't go to manager, or just work to retain technical competency even when you move to manager?
      Jun 23
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      They mean the latter. I cringe at this point in life people still can't have clear discussions without resorting to diminishing others.
      Jun 24