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Friday, December 25, 2009

Things I Have Learnt from Working in the City

Current mood: enlightened

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So after having spent the majority of this year working full-time in an office in the city, I’ve come across a few things that were a little unexpected...

1. Contrary to my previous expectations, the city does not smell like vomit. It actually smells like piss, cigarettes and expensive coffee.
2. You really don't need to buy that.

3. How to avoid being asked for money or time: look straight ahead, walk with a purpose. If they're good at what they do and catch you, smile and nod in acknowledgement, and continue.

4. Attitude is important. It can make a big difference.

5. How to speak properly on the phone. You'd be surprised at how many people lack ettiquette or at the very least a clue.

6. How to address and send mail. I did not know beforehand.

7. Smile and be friendly no matter what. People reciprocate, and they tend to remember you if you're nice. If for nothing else, do it to spread a little goodness. If you're in a bad mood, fake it and people will give you a smile to take with you.

8. Free stuff. Ain't it great?

9. Avoid certain areas like the plague. NO I DO NOT HAVE CHANGE FOR YOU SIR.

10. The world is not like school, so don't fret.

11. The IT department are miracle workers and can save your ass (or work) either quickly, or slowly. Be nice to them.

12. Yes, we all know some people are incompetent. You can't really do anything about it so suck it up and do the best you can with what you have.

13. All about travelling on trains. ALL about travelling on trains.

14. Be patient and courteous. No need to blend in and do the same thing as any prick, who drones on in his or her life with no joy or common feeling. Time isn't so important as it's cracked up to be - feeling good is better.

15. How to catch a bargain. Ohhhh yes.

16. How to play Freecell. 50+% win rate every round, beat that. (That’s not a challenge to you dear reader.)

17. Each day is a new one, and you can let it be like every other day that you've made mistakes and repeat them, or you can move forward.

18. Be generous of yourself and you will receive much back.

19. Motivation comes to those who motivate themselves.

20. Never trust the office kitchen.

So it got a little harder to think toward the end. Anyway I hope this provided at least a little insight or amusement to its readers. What do you think, and did you agree with any one in particular?
5:53 am - 6 comments - 8 Kudos - Report!
Abunai X wrote on Dec 25th, 2009 6:02am

I find this to be very good advice. You should always be nice to people because they DP reciprocate and then everyone is happy. My day is often made by complete strangers smiling at me.

And how did you not know how to send letters?! :O


timo1 wrote on Dec 25th, 2009 6:36am

Free stuff :D
City ftw


Tire Me. wrote on Dec 27th, 2009 2:44am

Well I now know I will succeed if I'm ever in an Australian city.


blink_fan wrote on Jan 4th, 2010 12:31pm

:D lmao at number 9, The elizabeth st. side of central and the bunch of homeless aboriginals. Gotta love what centrelink is doing for them.


MushroomBomb wrote on Jan 8th, 2010 2:29pm

Number 11 gives me hope for the future. Presuming that it's better than what is found in schools across Norway :p


entity0009 wrote on Jan 21st, 2010 10:05pm

18 might work in Australia, less so in parts of the UK :p


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