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5 Mad Men Quotes to Live By at Work

You might think that the basic principles that ruled Mad Men do not apply to the modern workplace, but you might be surprised? I mean sure nobody would make fun of Peggy for wanting to be a copywriter today, but there are still many discrepancies when it comes to gender equality in the workplace.

See Also: 3 Career Lessons from Mad Men for Women

An alarming number of the realities of the fictional advertising company still crop up in our workplaces today. From advice on how to seize opportunities and how to evaluate yourself as a professional, the list below features some real gems which we’ve carefully selected out of all things wise that have ever been said on our beloved Mad Men.

Take a look below and remember that the only way to achieve to success is by applying yourself.

1. Evaluate Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Go home, take a paper bag and cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. And be honest. - Joan Holloway

We all want to be successful, and we all want to get ahead in the world but are we always honest with ourselves about our potential? It’s important to evaluate yourself before making crazy demands from your boss and it’s important to figure out what you’re worth and what you can offer to the company before throwing a fit because you didn’t get promoted.

2. Keeping a Client Happy Is No Easy Feat

The day you sign a client is the day you start losing him. -  Don Draper

As hard as it may be to get a client, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t settle after you get him or her. Clients need to be constantly impressed and to ensure that they’ll stay with you, make sure that you keep coming up with innovative and creative ideas to win them over every time.

3. You Can Change How You Are Perceived

If you don’t like what is being said, then change the conversation. -  Don Draper

If you don’t like what your boss or colleagues say about you, it’s important to figure out why they’re saying it and come up with ways to change what they believe. If they think you are a slacker for example, why do they? Once you figure out the reasons, you’ll be able to figure out a strategy to get them to stop believing you are a slacker.

4. You Can’t Force Inspiration

Peggy, just think about it. Deeply. Then forget it. And an idea will jump up in your face. -  Don Draper

Being creative is not always simple, in fact, it’s hard work to produce innovative and unique ideas and the reality is that sometimes the more we overthink it, the less likely we are to come up with something good. Sometimes applying too much pressure on yourself is counterproductive. If you are looking for creativity, just allow your mind to roam free and inspiration will come to you.

5. People Are Never Satisfied

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Sometimes when people get what they want, they realize how limited their goals were. - Joan Holloway

We always set goals and work towards them thinking that once we get there we’ll have achieved true happiness, but the reality is that there’s always another goal to reach and so we never actually make the time to enjoy our success. But, it’s important to appreciate each victory because this creates momentum and it helps push us forward.

See Also: 5 Popular TV Shows that Teach You Valuable Career Lessons

Don, Peggy and their gang can help reshape your professional outlook if you let them, so binge watch Mad Men again and reshape your professional vision accordingly.

Have you applied any of these quotes to your career? Were they effective? Let us know in the comments.

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