I have been blessed with great jobs and for the most part really good managers. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned the past 12 years. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Seriously. It’s not worth letting the little things or the things you can’t control consume your thoughts. Worrying doesn’t help things. you’re still going to have a bad day … and you’re allowed to … but moving past it quickly is a must.
ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
Womp, womp. It’s really easy to point out the flaws and everything that isn’t going right but take a step back and think about all the things that are totally going for you. Truth is, you have a job. That’s important and valuable. The ability to avoid letting negativity consume you in favor of making the most of the cards you’re dealt is a skill that will benefit you through the rest of your career. I’m still working on this one…
THERE IS VALUE IN EVERY EXPERIENCE
The day will come where your job, your colleagues, and / or your manager will put you to the test. And, while putting up with it isn’t fun, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth something. There’s value in every season and situation. Sometimes the crummy experiences are the ones that teach us the most.
KNOW WHAT YOU STAND FOR
I believe knowing who you are is so very important. There will be opinions and pressure to do things that just don’t feel right. Hold to your moral compass and your values. Simply put, do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, and don’t expect anything in return.
You’re going to be uncomfortable. There will be moments that will make you squirm. Say yes anyways. Rise up to the challenge. Prove it to yourself that you can and you will.
Real talk, I also beleive in the power of NO. It’s a full sentence and think it should be used – especially in moments when something is presented as an “opportunity” but really isn’t.
DO MORE THINKING THAN TALKING.