Long before we spent our days keeping up with the Kardashians and staying on top of all the Real Housewives drama, we were following the lives of four of the funniest ladies in the history of television: the Golden Girls. This month we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of TV's most legendary shows — and to commemorate, we came up with a list of lessons we can all learn from Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose.
1. Make a good first impression. It's true what they say: You can't please everyone. But you want to attempt to make a good impression on your boss and co-workers by putting your best foot forward especially during your first few days and months on the job.
2. Show off your pleasant side. Did the boss call you in for an 8 a.m. one-on-one even though you were working late the previous night? Is the local coffee shop out of your favorite kind of donut? Or maybe there's a client on the phone who's pissed his kid lost a soccer game and is lashing out at you. Life's not always fair — but if things just aren't going your way, try to keep your cool. Whether it's in person, over the phone or online, strive to maintain your composure even when the going gets tough.
3. Bite your tongue. Conflict is an inevitable part of life — and that's true in the workplace as well. But do yourself a favor and don't go all Nene Leakes on the next person who sends you a passive-aggressive email (with a smiley face in it, of course, because that negates the spite in it) because how you come across to others does matter. Try to refrain from saying something in the heat of the moment that you wouldn't want someone to say to you.
4. Skip the gossip chain. Tempting as it is to hear about poor Jane's marriage troubles or how Doug's new diet is (not) going, try to steer clear of the rumor mills in the office. Not only is it the right thing to do, but you never know when something may come back to bite you. Other topics that are fair game: new fall TV shows, celebrity scandals and Justin Beiber's new hairdo (more like hair-don't, amirte?).
5. Stay away from toxic personalities. You know who they are — the people who are always whining or complaining or pushing back or shirking responsibility or throwing others under the bus. You obviously can't cut them out of your life entirely because you work with them, but it's OK to keep your interactions with them to a minimum.
6. Surround yourself with positive people. It's easy to slide into the cynical camp when things aren't going your way, your workload seems unmanageable or your boss seems unreasonable, but one way to get out of a slump at work is to surround yourself with people who can be a positive influence in your life. Then, when they make you feel better, you can force them to stay and watch you sing "The Golden Girls" theme song.
7. Stop complaining. The next time you're planning a pity party for yourself, remember that you at least have something in common with Jay-Z: you're not the only one with 99 problems. Seriously, don't be that person.
8. Just shut up and listen. If there's one thing you can learn from people who are seen as a joke because they're constantly running their mouth … cough, politicians, cough … it's to talk less and listen more. Let your co-workers know they can trust you with what they have to say.
9. Don't overshare. You don't have to be "on" at all times, but remember that you do have a personal brand/image to uphold whether you like it or not. That means there IS such a thing as TMI, unfortunately.
10. Take risks! It's a common misconception that you've got to have all the knowledge/skills before taking on a new project — sometimes you just have to have enough faith in yourself and know that you can figure it out (like every politician ever). So the next time a challenge comes your way, dare to face it head on.