Turns out mom was right -- it's better to eat your vegetables before dessert, and sometimes naps are necessary.
See what else your childhood taught you about corporate culture.
4 Culture Lessons You Learned in Childhood
1. When the floor is lava, it's time to improvise
When faced with a treacherous situation, you've got to be agile, quick, and innovative. This could be an irate customer, a project that falls apart before the deadline, or a manager who quits in an explosive and chaotic way.
In your business life, when it comes to mapping out a new path of safety during difficult times, remember when the floor was lava. You jumped from couch to chair to cushion finding a safe passage to your goal, and it all started because you had a plan.
When things aren't going right, take the time to stop and map out a plan. Even if the plan changes mid-route, you have to have an idea of what you're shooting for. In that way, you can reframe challenges as new exciting projects rather than something that kills productivity or sets you back.
2. Taking a timeout can make all the difference
When you were a kid, there were times when you were absolutely sure you didn't need a nap (or a timeout), and you got one anyway. And it turns out that it helped!
Whether it's a 15-minute walk around the block, a few days of vacation, or a year long sabbatical, taking a break will shift your perspective.
Even when the break doesn't come voluntarily (i.e., being fired), most people find that a break of any kind gives some time to rethink priorities.
3. Trying new things is easier with support
Feeling nervous on the first day of school was made all the easier when there was a loving parent or guardian holding your hand. And once you saw your old friends in the classroom, it was a cinch to walk in and start your day.
Similarly, approaching a new job or new responsibilities that seem beyond your skillset can be nerve-wracking. But it's so much easier with trusted people by your side.
All gushy feelings aside, a business support system can do wonders. Whether it's a trusted mentor you can turn to for advice, or a group of friends from work you occasionally socialize with.
4. You've got to eat dinner before there's dessert
We all know what a sugar crash feels like. It's not fun. Eventually (hopefully) we learned why it feels better to have a little dessert only after eating a substantial meal. You've got to have something else in your system besides sugar and excitement or you'll crash.
On the job, you've got to do the real work before you can reap the benefits. Putting in extra time on a project with a looming deadline may not be fun, but it's necessary. With distractions like social media, the break room foosball table, or water cooler chats, sometimes real work gets waylaid. But with the right company culture, hard work and dedication is rewarded.