- Build relationships and a network - The library profession is big, but small. You want to create positive relationships and connections at conferences, in your library, when you visit other libraries, state library associations, or wherever you are representing or visiting.
- Celebrate the little wins - If a patron thanks you, love that moment. If you see appreciation from a colleague or supervisor, love that moment.
- Release your emotions - Libraries are challenging places to work with challenging people. Take a walk at lunch, meditate, do not bottle your emotions about your job or professional career. Expect to be frustrated at times and you will not be disappointed.
- Make it personal - Your development is vital. This is about you. If you are a new librarian, you should get a mentor if one is not assigned. In our profession, you should read, write, and represent in a positive way. Don't be a complainer.
- You have two ears and one mouth, use your ears first and more often - I have seen too many librarians walk into new jobs and act like they know better/more, etc. than the veteran librarians. That approach never works. Build trust first before you start sharing your wild ideas. Someone will realize those ideas are not that wild.
- You may fall down, but it is okay - Failure in our profession happens. It will pass, you will be fine, and you will grow. It could also fuel your motivation.