Read the 11 'rules for success' a former Apple employee got on his first day


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No. 11: Have fun,
otherwise it’s not worth it.

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Zelevansky/Reuters


A former Apple employee shared a little bit of inspiration and
motivation on
Reddit
earlier this week.


Huxley Dunsany posted
a set of 11 “rules for success”
that were attached to the back of his employee badge when he
started at Apple in 2004.

Check them out: 

The “JB” referred to on the card is
John Brandon
, who was a vice president of sales in the US and
Pacific for Apple. 

“He was a great guy in my interactions with him, despite his
lofty position relative to my total-noob status back then. He
really seemed to live by these rules and made the whole
organization feel like something really special, even when Apple
was still climbing out of ‘beleaguered’ status,” Dunsany
wrote. 

In 2004, Apple was not the giant it is today. It had just
launched the first iPod Mini, Steve Jobs was still CEO, and the
first projects that would become the iPhone were just getting
started in Cupertino, California. 

One of Dunsany’s favorite rules is No. 5, “Everyone sweeps
the floor.”

“It means that no job is too ‘low level’ or unimportant for
anyone to help with. In other words, don’t get a big head just
because you work for Apple or you got a promotion or you’re
making $X per year — the basics still matter, and you’ll always
be expected to help regardless of how high up you rise or how
fancy you think you are,” he wrote.

Dunsany worked in a sales position in retail called Apple
Solutions Consultant, but the lessons are broadly applicable
to a variety of jobs and careers.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Let go of the old, make the most of the future.
  2. Always tell the truth, we want to hear the bad news sooner
    than later
  3. The highest level of integrity is expected, when in
    doubt, ask
  4. Learn to be a good businessperson, not just a good
    salesperson
  5. Everyone sweeps the floor
  6. Be professional in your style, speech and follow-up
  7. Listen to the customer, they almost always get it
  8. Create win/win relationships with our partners
  9. Look out for each other, sharing information is a good thing
  10. Don’t take yourself too seriously
  11. Have fun, otherwise it’s not worth it

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