What is a piece of advice you are glad not to have taken?


What is a piece of advice you are glad not to have taken?

Rika Sharma

The problem with having opinions is that everyone has one. Have you ever politely just said thank you and ignored the “helpful” advice you were given?

We speak to IAB committee co-chairs from content leads to commerce heads on what was a piece of advice they were glad they didn’t take.

Advice is free! So, everyone wants to give it but it’s really what you make of it. The worst piece of advice I was ever given was to work for the money and not worry about the passion.  This might be controversial but for me this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s contradictory to how I have built my career. If you can call your work your passion, there is nothing that can be more gratifying.

It’s what’s pushed me to do better for my clients, for my team, for the companies I’ve worked for and for myself. It’s what keeps the flame burning, it’s what makes the Monday blues turn into Monday joy, it’s what makes every day spent at the office feel like a playground and it’s what makes me always push myself to do more…

This is not to say that there won’t be days that you don’t feel passionate about your job or love everything you do but, as I always tell my team, as long as the good days outweigh the bad ones – the passion will unlock a world of opportunities you didn’t think was possible. Believe it or not, money will follow.

And really, when is the money enough? Our work consumes most of our lives, so if you can be happy everyday of your life and still get paid for it, isn’t that Holy Grail?

Don't work for the passion, work for the money