CELEBRITIES / JUN. 16, 2014
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Career Advice You Didn't Know You Were Getting From The Big Bang Theory

We’ve followed the lives of Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard and Penny for years – and now we’ve come to love newcomers Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler, too. Yes, they’re the characters on The Big Bang Theory.

You might not know it, but in addition to following their relationships, laughing at their antics and learning fun science antidotes for your next party, you’ve also been getting some career advice.

Don’t believe us? Take a look.

1. Always know what value you bring to your position

Dr. Sheldon Cooper always knows he’s the smartest person in the room. He takes great pride in his university job and relishes all of his research finds. He’s also not afraid to let everyone else know how great he is at, well, everything. Take this quote, for example: “Leonard, I am a published theoretical physicist with two doctorates and an IQ which can't be measured by normal tests.”

Sure, maybe you shouldn’t be so forthright as Dr. Cooper, but knowing your value can be especially useful when it comes time to ask for a raise or promotion because you’ll already have some idea of your job highlights.

2. Don’t be afraid to do something else until your dream comes along

Oh, Penny. Penny dreams of being an actress. She’s even had several bit parts in commercials or as a corpse. But Penny’s dream has yet to come true, even years after she moved to California to try her hand at stardom. Although she’s come close a few times, Penny’s never given up on her dream. In the meantime, she knows she has to pay the bills. Being a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory might not be the reason she moved halfway across the country, but she makes the most of it.

The takeaway for you? Sometimes your perfect career will take time to achieve. Whether you have to take a position a few rungs down on the ladder – or even in a totally different field – you should keep going after what you want.

3. Be open to traveling for your job

Leonard had it all – the perfect job, a tight-knit group of friends and a fulfilling relationship with girlfriend Penny. Then he was invited to spend four months at sea testing black hole simulations. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so of course he had to take it! It wasn’t always easy, and the sailing definitely not always smooth, but he made it through.

Like Leonard, you might have a lot going on in your hectic life, but you should still consider all the pros and cons before turning down a travel opportunity.

4. Your age shouldn’t hold you back

Sheldon started early on his multitude of degrees – he graduated college when he was 14 years old. He was a high achiever even before that, writing a paper entitled “A Proof That Algebraic Topology Can Never Have a Non-Self-Contradictory Set of Abelian Groups” when he was just five years old.

Sure, you might not have started quite that early, but don’t think you have to wait until you’re a certain age for a specific job

5. Don’t let things get awkward with co-workers

Amy Farrah Fowler, despite having a boyfriend, reveals herself to be not-so-great at picking up on hints that a man likes her. When her co-worker Bert starts giving her interesting rocks, Amy takes the gesture at face value. Raj and Howard, however, let Amy know that Bert’s interested in her. While things could be awkward when she accepts Bert’s date request out of sympathy, Raj and Howard take care of things for her – by going to the rock show with him themselves.

This tip doesn’t come in handy only if a co-worker is into you – you should try to avoid any awkward social situations with co-workers in general.

6. Big opportunities at your job might seem frightening, but go for them anyway

When aerospace engineer Howard had the opportunity to be an astronaut, he was instantly excited. It was something he always dreamed of. When reality set in, however, he realized what a scary proposition it was. Even though he gets teased by his fellow astronauts and is rather homesick, he revels in the fact that he’s an astronaut once his feet are planted firmly on the ground.

It’s unlikely – though possible – that you’ll have an opportunity to head to space like Howard. You’ll still likely encounter some scary opportunities in your career. Once you complete that scary task it’ll be something you can brag about for years to come!

7. You don’t always have to get paid for doing what you love

Sheldon’s podcast about flags “Sheldon Cooper Presents: Fun With Flags” wasn’t a paid endeavor; however, he spent plenty of time and resources on it because it was something he loved. He even had some special guests, including Wil Wheaton. Amy and Penny got in on the action, too.

Sheldon’s job is pretty specialized, so the podcast wasn’t likely to earn him career accolades, but that doesn’t mean your passion won’t lead to some extra career success.

Whether you watch The Big Bang Theory or not, these are valuable life lessons that you can apply to your everyday life. Be sure to keep being proactive in your career and never allow surrounding circumstances to push you off track.

Image source: Forbes

 

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