Most of us strive to make it to the top of our chosen professions. It’s not easy to get there, however, so it never hurts to take some tips from those that are already at “the top of the masthead.” This past week, The New Yorker profiled Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times.

Based on that interview, Forbes blogger Victoria Pynchon came up with this great list of “Ten Career Lessons from the Top of the Masthead.” She lists items such as, “don’t hide your creativity under a bushel” or “be a black belt infighter.”

Pynchon’s list made me think of the other end of the spectrum: Those of us who aren’t at the top of our field, but are either in the beginning or somewhere in the middle. Here are five things I think would be included on that kind of list of career tips. Read more