Today is my birthday and I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned this year (some professional, others not):
1. If you don’t like reporting to a boss, become your own.
It took me a long time to realize that it’s ok to feel like this. I’ve loved almost every boss I’ve worked for in corporate America. However, I always struggled with trying to impress them, make them happy, etc. Combine that with my anxiety and you have a recipe for disaster!
It’s not that my ideas and skills aren’t good enough, it’s just that they are different from what others are thinking. I have found that I thoroughly enjoy being the decision maker for marketing campaigns and strategies and have the data and success to back up those campaigns!
Becoming my own boss has been the best decision I made this year. If you’re toying with the idea, start off slow until you can dive headfirst into it. If you make mistakes, don’t let that hold you back, learn from it and plow forward. You CAN do this, you’ve got this.
2. It’s OK to stop and smell the roses.
When I first started working for myself, I kept myself constantly working, putting in hours on weekends, working after dinner, you name it. It was pretty stressful for awhile.
I’ve come to learn that it’s OK to take longer lunch break if I need to. It’s OK to take 30 minutes and play board games with my son during the day. It’s OK to work from the park or somewhere fun. The work will still be there, but my son grows older everyday.
3. Don’t let others take advantage of you. You are worth every dollar you charge.
This isn’t just marketing wise, this goes for every industry. I did some work for a company that decided not to pay me for 4 months after the work was completed. Truthfully, it sucked.
I loved the idea of the company and the owner was really nice but they took total advantage of me. At the end of the day, I don’t just do marketing because I love it (which I really do). I do it to help support my family – buy groceries, pay for school supplies, pay bills, etc.
4. If something seems off, there’s no shame in getting a second opinion.
I hurt my ankle this spring and when I went to an urgent care, they declared that it was just a sprain and I’d be back on my feet in no time.
It wasn’t getting any better so I saw another doctor who determined that I had actually torn my Achilles tendon. This resulted in having to wear a brace and doing 6 weeks of PT. If I hadn’t gone in a second time, I’d probably be feeling much worse off right now!
5. Step outside of your box and try something new.
I recently started two new activities: taekwondo and vocal classes. I have zero experience with both of these.
So why? Well, first off, I do these activities with my son so it gives us extra time to bond in an otherwise busy week. Secondly, it keeps my mind sharp to be learning something brand new. Third, it’s fun!!
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! I’d love to hear if you’ve learned any life lessons recently in the comments, you never know who might read them and be helped through your words.