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4 Career Lessons From Television

Hamsa Ramesha | HRPeople

April 20, 2010

1. Once More With Feeling

The Show: Glee

Like any other classic tale of geeks banding together in the face of adversity, the outcast characters of Fox’s Glee made drama and singing cool again. An aspiring Broadway starlet, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the lowest of social misfits on the school hierarchy made up McKinley High School’s Glee club and survived numerous attempts of sabotage. Despite the spying, cheating, betrayal, and even more drama, the Glee club went on to win sectionals. Go team!

The Lesson:

Your office life can sometimes feel like you never left high school. The cliques, the posturing, the in crowd – it’s enough to make you call in sick everyday!

Maybe a rendition of the feel-good “Don’t Stop Believin’” by the Glee club is just what you need. Often times, in your career, you’ll feel like the minority – unheard, unseen, uncared for. It’s okay. Don’t let it get you down and prevent you from getting what you want. Look for opportunities to be innovative and set yourself apart from the crowd. Most importantly, don’t let haters get you down. There will always be competition trying to get that promotion, or naysayers who want to psych you out. Believe in yourself, and stay strong.

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