Topic: What’s the single most important lesson you have ever had?
I must admit I have struggled to know what to write for this one. I am sure I have been given endless amounts of great advice over the years, but I actually can’t recall a single piece of advice which was beyond important for me.
However, I am quite shy and reserved and I am constantly being encouraged to just go for things! My sisters are all older than me and they inspired and encouraged me to get my first job. And with a little help from my friend I went for a job at where she worked and walked confidently into the interview and got the job! Read about my first job here!
Then I almost didn’t go to university, but my sister, after working for two years, had applied and that helped me decide to just go for it, as I had the confidence as I knew we would be going together (different courses). And I am so glad I went for it then too!
And since then really I always try and make myself ‘just go for it’, in most situations ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ (Dr Pepper, so misunderstood!)
For example, at the moment I am at an integrated marketing conference for work. It is really interesting and I am learning a lot and getting lots of ideas…but I was so nervous about coming! Although I am the Online Marketing Manager at my company I am actually the only person who works solely on the ecommerce and the digital side of things, so there was no1 else to come with me! So I had to be brave and come on my own…but I am very glad I did. There has been some standing around on my phone (or utilising the wifi for #BEDM posts) so I didn’t look too lost, but I have also been brave and spoken to lots of lovely people from different companies and agencies. And the more I speak to people the more confident I get and the braver I am to embark n my next conversation. So by just going for it and coming here I am having a great time and enhancing my career…not bad eh?
And I am encouraging myself to do more things in real life as well…like restarting my blog – just writing posts and not worrying too much about what people will think. Hopefully if people like my posts they will read and if they don’t then they won’t…but someone else might. I even made a really brave decision and recorded my first YouTube video and uploaded it last week. It’s just an intro video and as yet I haven’t made a decision about what my next one will be but at least I went for it! And when I read Rosalilium’s post about the #blognix event in Birmingham I instantly thought to myself ‘I should do this!’. I really want to meet more bloggers in real life and this is a great opportunity to do that and learn more about blogging at the same time! So when the tickets went I sale I snapped one up immediately so I couldn’t change my mind! I even tweeted Elizabeth (@rosalilum) about being shy and she said just to go straight to her and say hi…so I will!
It’s has turned into quite a rambling post, sorry, but basically I would say for me the best advice which I have been given, that I tell myself and that I would pass on to others is ‘to just go for it!’. Don’t let yourself miss out on great opportunities just because you are scared, shy or lack confidence…you never know what you are missing out on!
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