In my few years working in the field of Public Relations and years overall in the workforce, I have come to realize that each step along the way has been necessary for whatever comes next. It may sound cliché, but everything actually happens for a reason. Whether that reason is for you to learn something new, become prepared for your next job or to find new partners to work with in your career, it is a domino effect in which everything ties together as part of your journey. Knowing this, the best thing to do is to never settle, even when you are at a seemingly at an OK place.
Just OK is never OK.
When you are complacent and settle, you stop searching for more because what is already in place is seemingly fine. Whether we are talking about your personal life or your business, there is always more or something else that is coming for you if you are looking for it and working towards it. My brother shared a saying with me when I was young that honestly did not make sense to me until one day when it finally clicked:
“You should never be the smartest person in the room and if you are you need new people around you.”
This finally struck a chord as I looked to progress in my life and career, and I realized that we should always be learning and investing in ourselves. It is essential to make your education a priority, not just in school education, but in your everyday life. I choose to do this by:
- Making time for what is important – Everyone has things, people and careers that may be important to them, so making time for what is truly important is a crucial step to success. While time is not limitless, when you choose to prioritize your time doing things that are important to you, you will take one step closer to acheiving your goals, having made that investment in yourself.
- Prioritizing Goals – Goals. Goals. Goals. Setting short-term and long-term goals is an important step to not settling as you are giving yourself something to look forward to and work toward. Take a minute to set one goal for the week now. Is it related to your work to-do list, a personal milestone or something else entirely? During my time in working at a Los Angeles PR Agency I have realized that the goals I am setting for myself now are beyond different from the goals I had set 1 or even two years ago. Looking back I am so thankful I took the time to set both short and long-term goals because they landed me at my dream place to work.
A more recent goal of mine is to develop my current skills into a top notch Publicist in Los Angeles. With one quarter left of the year, it’s not too late to set some intentions for the months ahead. What is one of your goals to finish off 2019 on a strong note?