There are things I learn because I’m trying to learn something. A new process at work. Lyrics to that song I can’t get out of my head. My boyfriend’s shoe size because I can only buy so many shoes for myself.
And then there are those things you learn out of the clear blue sky. Like…
You really do have to be your best brand advocate.
In this day and age, things can get pretty cut throat, especially at work. And, many times, there isn’t anyone out there who will come to bat for you. Sure, they may “have your back” behind the scenes, but they’re too busy worrying about their own reputation to stick their necks out for you. In times like this, it is important, necessary even, that you are prepared and willing to speak up on your own behalf. Sell yourself for that promotion. Tell your boss about the outstanding results of that project you’ve been working on. Don’t get me wrong, nobody likes a braggart. This is not bragging. It’s being your own brand advocate. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?
Love really does happen when you least expect it.
I doubted this statement my entire life. All 33 years of it until last year when, tailgating before a Jimmy Buffett concert like I had done googobs of times before, I met the man who would become my fella. I wasn’t searching for him on eHarmony or Match, nor was I all dolled up for my singles’ Sunday school class at the local Baptist church (not that there’s anything wrong with either of those methods). I was out for a day of fun with my girlfriends to day drink and cut up and listen to “my papi” sing to me the songs I grew up on. And, as luck would have it, he was out doing the same with his guy friends…one parking space over. Funny how things work out.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
I think Dr. Seuss actually said this one. It’s on a magnet that hangs in my cubicle at work, and I believe it applies to any aspect of life. Trust your instincts. Go with your gut. Just trust yourself. You really do know more than you think you do.