Enjoy What You Do; Be a Good Colleague

Recently I saw the movie The Intern with Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. I’ve suggested to members of my career mentoring site that they see it. It has some great life and career success advice wrapped up in a fun, enjoyable movie.

But that’s not what I want to discuss in this post. After I saw the film, I read an interview with Anne Hathaway in which she shared the best career advice she’s ever received…

“I was 17 years old and we were about to start making The Princess Diaries. Gary Marshall, the Director, said: ‘I know that you and I will do our best, but I can’t promise you that this movie will be successful because we can’t control what the audience will like. What we can control is the time we have making it. I am planning on having a great time and I hope you plan on it too.’ I’ve carried that with me ever since and to whatever film I have make. I have tried to enjoy the experience and be fun to work with.”

There are two great pieces of life and career success advice here…

  1. Enjoy what you do.
  2. Be a good colleague, someone others want to work with.

First, life and work aren’t always easy, but if you focus on the positive you can enjoy what you do. I get tremendous enjoyment out of all of my work – even if it is challenging or exhausting. That’s because I am living my purpose every day – helping others to succeed. Even if I have a difficult coaching conversation or do a talk for a less than appreciative audience, I enjoy what I do – because I always do my best and I learn from every experience. If you follow these two simple guidelines – always do your best, and learn from every experience – you’ll find that you’ll enjoy your work too.

Second, people like to be around positive people. If you choose to be positive and upbeat, people will gravitate to you. Smile, be helpful, encourage others, listen to them when they’re a little down or experiencing some problems. If you do these simple things, others will gravitate to you, and you’ll brand yourself as a good colleague.

Besides being beautiful and a great actor, Anne Hathaway is a pretty smart woman. I suggest that you follow her career advice. You may not become a movie star, but you will be on the road to the life and career success you want and deserve.

Your career mentor,


PS: I write this blog to help people create the life and career success they want and deserve. Now I’m going one step further. I’ve created a membership site in which I’ve pulled together my best thoughts on success. And, as a reader of this blog, you can become a member for free. Just go to https://budbilanich.com/join to claim your free membership. You’ll be joining a vibrant and growing community of success minded professionals. I hope to see you there.

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