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My 5 Golden Rules for opticians

There are many things that will help you to feel happier at work,

but I boil these down to five fundamental rules:

Surround yourself with positive people. Naysayers sap the fun out of any situation and the wind from your metaphorical sails. Positive people can boost your confidence and spur you on to achieve things you never thought you were capable of.

Always keep learning. Those who feel that this stops the day they left formal education are destined for a life of mediocrity. A desire and openness to learn are common traits in all great people and evidence to employers that you are an employee with vision (if you’ll excuse the pun).

Find a mentor. Learning from those who have been there and achieved great things is a wonderful shortcut to focused career-boosting knowledge and validation from a respected ‘elder’ can improve confidence.

It’s ok to have fun at work. Firms like Google or Innocent pride themselves on the fun their employees have at work. And while your employer may not have this level of commitment to your happiness, you should be able to find some enjoyment in your day, from the things you do, the people you work with or those you meet.

Set your limits. Working through lunch, being spoken to dis respectfully and a million other unacceptable things may happen to you each day. Set a limit for what you feel is acceptable at work and live by it. Or, as Mark Twain once wrote: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can somehow become great.”

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