“You have to trust your gut because it’s the only thing that separates you from everybody else.” – Sheila Nevins, documentary film executive

She had a good feeling about this puzzle!

A couple of weeks ago, a young woman named Caitlin Burke (who happens to work at Jessica’s company) was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune and incredibly solved an entire 27-letter puzzle with only one letter showing as a clue. The answer was “I’ve Got a Good Feeling About This.” And, boy, did she ever!

So how did she do it? No one will ever really know the answer to that – she says her boyfriend’s ring tone of Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” popped into her head and somehow it lead her to solve the puzzle. But if you ask us, we’d say she relied on her gut instinct and, as is often the case, it worked.

Thanks, Fergie!

Don’t get us wrong. We’re all for thinking things through, having a plan of attack and following up (a whole chapter in BYOBP is dedicated to this alone!). That said, more often than not, it’s your gut that can also be a compass in the workplace, telling you that you’re on the right path. It can help you solve problems, identify potential challenges and give you a read on the people around you.

In PR, we often have to rely on instinct to guide the way, particularly when faced with a short deadline and a situation that we’ve never encountered before. It’s that inkling that a curveball question is coming our way. It’s that sneaking suspicion that we should make sure the mic is off before letting our executive vent. It’s that nagging thought that forces you to be sure that your “T”s are crossed and “I”s dotted.

The same applies when you’re looking for a new job. The position can look fantastic on paper, the salary alluring, but if you leave the interview feeling that it just wasn’t quite right for you, it probably isn’t. Our gut can sometimes tell us things we don’t want to know but there’s usually a good reason for it. What if you immediately feel that you don’t have a good connection with your potential new boss? That could be a red flag; it doesn’t usually get better after you take the job. It’s akin to staying with a boyfriend too long because you think you can “grow to love him.” Not gonna happen. And, since you spend more time at work than anywhere else so make sure it’s the right fit for you. One good rule of thumb: If you leave your next interview humming “I Gotta Feeling,” it may be your gut trying to tell you something.

Ever had that gut feeling about a job, co-worker or project and just brushed it aside only to kick yourself for doing so later? Share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter (@bestpublicist).