Rule #1: Develop a Positive Brand
“I don’t want to be, like, a guy here, you know? Like Stanley is the ‘Crossword Puzzle Guy’ and Angela has cats. I don’t want to have a thing here.” – Ryan Howard, The Office.
Real Life Lesson: The distinctive habits you develop affect how you’re perceived. Decide what your best strength is and play to it.
Rule #2: Pursue a hobby
“Hey Rhoda, would you do me a favor? Please don’t start treating me like I’m in show business. I mean, I’m still working in the newsroom, huh? This is just something I’m doing for fun, OK?” – Mary Richards, telling her friend Rhoda about the new play in which she’s been cast in on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Real Life Lesson:
Extracurricular interests will help you blow off steam while propelling you forward professionally. Spend time networking outside of your industry.