39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details As the saying goes, “you can’t pick your parents,” but I am certainly glad I got the ones I did. I can never repay them for the values they have instilled in me and I strive every day to follow their wisdom in both my personal life as a mother and my professional life in the workplace. Below are some of these tips from my parents that have been invaluable to me.Don’t choose your career solely on salary. Of course your pay is an important factor when choosing your professional field. Remember to keep in mind though, on average you will spend more time at work than you will at home. Therefore, it is essential that you enjoy where you work. Yes, it is still work, but not dreading your eight-hour day makes all the difference in the world.Never forget basic professional courtesy. My dad has always told me to be respectful and considerate, even if you don’t always want to be. When receiving a message at work, always respond within one business day; your response should always be polished and courteous no matter if you’re communicating with a CEO or low-level employee.Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. There is a difference between being overly opinionated and asserting yourself when necessary. This is something I work to continuously improve upon. It is okay to say how you feel and take part in constructive discussions. It is not inappropriate to give your opinion when it is asked for, especially when it can help others reflect and grow.Follow the golden rule. This seems like an obvious one, but it never hurts to remember it. No matter if you are having a bad day, put personal issues aside and treat coworkers how you would want them to treat you. You never know the personal struggles someone may be going through, so even the smallest kindness can brighten their day. When you are nice to someone, it will make you feel good too.