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As I continue to grow in my career, take on different responsibilities, and face new challenges, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t let negativity keep you down. Whether it’s being upset over a client issue, or dealing with a difficult colleague, getting all worked up is not going to do you any good in the eyes of your clients or your co-workers.
You know that routine question you get when you go on a job interview? “What’s your greatest weakness?” For me, it’s my passion. I want to learn as much as I can, be involved in as many client matters as possible, and make a name for myself within my agency. But sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me. Not that I get angry and shout in the office, or go to my boss and make demands, but rather there are times where I’ve allowed my own negativity, or the negativity of others, to knock me down and take all of the enthusiasm I have for my work completely out of me. Sometimes it even affects me when I leave the office. This can be very difficult to control at times because when you care so much about what you are doing it’s very easy to get frustrated when things don’t always go your way.
We are never going to be 100 percent satisfied with our jobs, our clients, how much money we make, or how many vacation days we get. But one thing we can do is wake up in the morning, go to work, do the best we can, and leave the office at night knowing that we gave it our all that day. I’m not saying this is going to be easy, it’s not going to be. But I’m trying to make sure each day brings more enjoyment and less negativity.
And lets face it, no matter how bad things may get at times, I know that I’m happy to be employed and to be part of this fascinating industry.