When I started out in PR, I had an ego as big as anyone (some would argue I still do!). I had a lot of success early on and thought I could do no wrong. I also never took a step back to recognize that I wasn’t always the only person in the room with a tremendous skill-set. Had I realized that at the time, I probably would have been considered a much better team player and not such a talented lone wolf.
I’ve worked at small agencies and large ones and despite how many smart, creative people I’ve been fortunate enough to be around, I used to think I was always the best person for the job. Whether it was a new business assignment or being the point person for a media tour, I wanted the task. However, I wasn’t always the one chosen and had a hard time understanding why that was the case.
At some point I guess I realized that sometimes there are just other people that can do a job better than you, or perhaps might be a better fit for a project at a particular time. That doesn’t mean you’ve been passed over, or don’t necessarily have the proper training to get a job done. It just means you weren’t chosen this time around. Maybe someone else needed the experience and so they were chosen for an assignment? You never know, and that’s why you can’t always take things personally. Sure, you can ask management questions and share with them your disappointment, but an agency/company is not just about one person, it’s about the team, and the sooner you realize this the better off you’ll be.
So the next time you get upset over something, take a step back and remember that you’re an asset to your company and you will have a ton of opportunities to be a part of something great. You just need to think about the whole picture and not just about yourself. I just wish I realized this earlier on in my career.