There comes a time in your life when you read an amazing article that sums up how you feel. The anxieties, chaos and feelings of inadequacies. Its almost like Vivian Schiller had me in mind when she penned her article. Here it is. Enjoy!
“You’re never as good as your best review, and never as bad as your worst.”
I was given this advice by a former boss, and it has since stuck with me as a guide for getting through the best of times and the worst of times. Looking back on my career and all of the places I’ve been, there have been incredible highs and lows at each point along the way. What I’ve come to learn is that life is cyclical and the best way to stay focused is to ignore the swings and instead focus on the long run.Adjacent to this idea is another important piece of advice, and that is— “It’s okay to sometimes take credit for the things you don’t do, because you won’t always get credit for the things you do do.”This may sound presumptuous, but let’s be honest— inevitably at some point in your career, you’re going to work incredibly hard and get zero credit for it. But at some point, karma comes back around and you’ll be praised for something you had nothing to do with.
For example, after my first year at NPR, there was an effusively positive piece written in Columbia Journalism Review that looked at the successes I had experienced and how I was reinventing the company. I couldn’t have asked for a better profile. I thought I could retire at that point… my work was done! But in all honesty, it made me uncomfortable. It was like being given the Lifetime Achievement Award, but I was only in my mid-40s. What this piece didn’t consider was that my work was barely even beginning, and I didn’t deserve all the credit they were attributing to me.And yet, it’s often the unglamorous, behind-the-scenes work that has the most impact, even when no one notices or when it gets attributed to others.
This point is this—we’re all going to be overpraised and we’re all going to be underpraised, but key is to just buckle your seatbelt and keep on.At NBC News Digital, we’re just over six months into full ownership of our digital businesses, and we’ve got a lot on our plates. There is no doubt we will make mistakes along the way, and we’ll likely be criticized for them. At the same time, we’ll probably get more credit for some things than we deserve. But if we’re not making mistakes and we’re not trying new things, then we’re not innovating. Learning from your mistakes is how you reinvent yourself and your company.
I’ve been reinventing myself my entire career. From my early days as a Russian interpreter for Ted turner, to launching the Discovery Time Channel, to heading up digital at NYTimes.com, leading NPR and now reinventing digital news for a TV broadcaster at NBC News—let’s just say there have been equal amounts of glory as heartbreak.So how do you avoid getting caught up in the rollercoaster ride of any career? Simple—celebrate the big moments and move on. Because we all know what’s waiting for us on the other side.”
Ciao Bellas xxxx
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