We’ve all received words of wisdom as we go through our different experiences, growing pains, and various trials and tribulations. Some goes in one ear and out the other, while others seem to stick with us and change our lives forever. Whether it’s a habitual morning crossword or standing up for what you believe in, we have all had the privilege of receiving life-changing advice from peers, role models, and everyday experiences. To share a bit of our own wisdom that has helped us get to where we are today, we’ve collected the team’s best advice we’ve ever received:
Ryan Didsbury – Sr. Account Executive
As I grow older, I have learned that many of my character traits are a result of my close relationship with my mom. The biggest piece of advice she has given me is to always be kind to others. Growing up in a household with four siblings, I quickly learned the value of being kind to my brothers and sisters. Kindness is a simple act that can change a person’s day and to me, it is one of the most important values you can have. It doesn’t take much effort to smile at a stranger or hold the door for someone, and these simple gestures can have a lasting impact.
Erin Smith – President
Best advice I’ve ever been given was from my first agency boss, Anne-Marie Aigner. Never use I in emails or when talking to clients – it’s always we. There is always more than just you that is working on a project or for a client in an agency setting. It has completely stuck with me and I find myself cringing when I read emails from others that use I, when I know there is a team around them.
Paige Berger – PR Strategist
As a young teenager I was a pretty highly touted athlete and my success and the attention I was getting because of my athletic abilities were going to my head. I became pretty cocky and wasn’t always the best teammate as a result. I had the fortune of sitting down with a professional athlete who knew my story and he told me: “Be nice to people on the way up, because you’re going to pass them on the way down.” To this day that advice resonates with me and it’s my guiding principle in life. I’ve received a lot of great advice, from a lot of great people, but that’s the only time I can recall where one sentence completely changed my life, the way I treat people, and the way I behave and I’m all the better for it.
Anna Blanton – Intern
Growing up, my dad would always tell me that “In life, you just have to fake it ‘til you make it.” I would get annoyed with him because I didn’t think you should fake anything. The older I got, the more I realized how relevant that advice is to all aspects of my life. If people waited until they felt fully and completely ready to take on a challenge, they would never even get started, much less complete the task. No one is really 100% confident about anything, but somehow things still get done. I have used this advice throughout college with classes, internships, conversations, and everyday struggles – and I definitely get more done without the pressure of having to know everything, all the time.
Miles Clark – Senior Designer
I grew up playing basketball at my neighborhood court with friends just about every day. Even though I am short, I’ve never been afraid to drive inside and try to shoot over the (much) taller defenders, but I would often rush my shot. One day a friend of mine told me: “Take your time but do it quickly.”
Meaning: focus on what you’re doing and don’t let the other people or internal fears distract you – but don’t take too long either. As a designer, it helps me slow things down and makes sure I’m building things correctly to help myself in the future even though I have deadlines looming. As a martial artist, it helps me to focus and slow things down, especially when I’m sparring and looking for an opportunity to attack.
Michelle Fowler – Vice President
The best advice I have ever received was from a mentor. She had the Charles Swindoll attitude quote hanging in her office, that I now live by: “The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it…We are in charge of our attitudes.” I approach work, life, family in this way every day. Approaching all situations with a positive attitude makes a true difference on the outcome.
Kellyn Lee – Assistant Account Executive
Growing up, I spent a lot of time finding ways to help others around me. I wanted to be a resource for my friends and family – a well that never ran dry. I thought that was the right thing to do, to make the world a better place, blah blah blah. I wanted to be a dependable, loyal, shoulder to lean on. It didn’t take long until I burned out. I realized I had forgotten to take care of myself. I realized I needed to put myself first. I had to unlearn that this makes you selfish or uncaring. In the long run, taking care of yourself makes you happy, fulfilled, and even more prepared to be that dependable shoulder to lean on for the ones you love.
Rob Buhler – Chairman
The best advice I have ever received was to read more. I have taken that to heart, and it has changed my life.
Reading has opened my mind to vastly different perspectives and information I would not have encountered in my daily life otherwise. It has allowed me to see everyday occurrences through different lenses and contexts. One of my favorite books, Longitude by Dava Sobel, taught me that just because something was done a certain way for hundreds of years doesn’t mean it is necessarily the correct way. As it turns out, there are better ways of doing things and it takes new ideas and perseverance to create real change. Reading has also helped me control my stress. Often, books explain the human experience better than most mediums. When I am having a hard time, I’m able to find solace in books. When I read, I learn of other people going through similar challenges and it gives me the courage to overcome them. I think books portray the ups and downs of life with eloquence, which in turn helps me realize the great experience of life.
Our different walks of life have given us the diverse and insightful perspectives of a team: a team that knows our strengths, our weaknesses, and where we can help fill in the gaps. With a team like this, we are never short of a good laugh, a great story, or a little piece of wisdom to help us get to where we need to be.