What is the best advice you have ever received?

Question: What is the best advice you have ever received? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Pilar, director of Virtual Not Distant

A very long time ago, someone who was helping me, my friend Ian, was consulting and was helping me to get everything I wanted to do done. While he was looking through the business stuff, he said, "Look, people want to work with you. People who want to do their work want to work with you, not with someone else."

I think just remembering that is really important and has really helped me to understand that people want to work with our company because of who we are, not just because of what we do.

They want to work with us because they like us. Ultimately, if they don't want to work with us, or don't like us, that's okay. It's not a good fit.

Hear about Pilar's flexible approach to managing Virtual Not Distant and the career-changing advice she received from a friend.

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Interview with Marian, a nomadic social media manager and day trader

One day, when I was having a tough time, my twin sister told me:

"Believing in yourself is the key to get what you want."

Day trading & virtual assisting has allowed Marian to see the world—in this interview, she lays out her routine and priorities for those thinking of traveling while working.

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Interview with Lauren, a content marketing team lead and hybrid remote worker

I heard this on a podcast once, can’t remember the name, but basically it’s a version of a quote from President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Bryan Dyson:

Life is all about juggling balls, some of them are glass, and some are plastic. The sooner you figure out which balls are plastic and can be dropped, the better your life will be.

You can’t juggle everything at once. You need to figure out, for yourself, which things in your life need your focus (your glass balls) and which can be dropped and picked back up.

As someone who wants to do everything, this has helped me a lot with prioritizing my life and career.

For Lauren, remote work was a non-negotiable arrangement—see how she manages a hybrid remote work situation and her tips for those on the remote job search.

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Interview with Tyler, a director of customer success models how to start a remote work career

Don't wait for permission to do or seek the thing you want to do.

From networking to land a remote work gig, to building out an exceptional remote work tool stack, Tyler has quickly figured out how to thrive in remote work. See his tips for starting strong.

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Interview with Paul, a remote product designer who has found his zen

You cannot control the weather.

It may seem a strange one, but it came at a time when there was a lot going on in my personal life, and this advice enabled me to focus back in on myself; to look after myself first so I could look after others.

Control the controllable and let go of everything else.

It was like a weight off!

Related to that is a line from the great comedian Billy Connoly where he once said,

It’s only weather, there is no such thing as bad weather, there’s only the wrong clothes

It’s all about perception and mindset.

The COVID-19 pandemic drove Paul to embrace remote work. See how he has adapted his routine to this new normal, and the one tool that keeps him organized.

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Interview with Mike, a business developer with a one task a day remote work routine

I have received a great deal of good advice throughout my career, so it's hard to pick just one piece of wisdom. So instead, I'll try to summarize all the good advice I've received with one famous phrase attributed to Henry Ford: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right."

This phrase is all about positive thinking and having faith in one's strengths. If you believe you can achieve a goal, it's very likely that you will. And not just the big goals — it equally applies to simpler tasks, too.

Mike had a lackluster experience with remote work 12 years ago. Today, he has embraced location-independence. Hear about his "one task a day" routine & vital tip for job seekers.

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