2.01.2016 0 Notes Wise Words

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Let me start by saying AMEN SISTER. 

I learned so much over the weekend by being an insta-/snap-spectator to #createcultivatedallas. So many awesome creatives and entrepreneurs shared a wealth of valuable advice about building their personal brands, building their own businesses and so much more, but this has to be my favorite quote, likely because it resonates so well. 

You have to take charge of your own path, regardless of your position or "status" within a company. You have to affect your own change. YOU are the most important piece. Leading your self and your team to success is part of what makes you tick (I know it is for me!). 

How can you be the CEO of your own career? 

1. Never settle. If you like going to work without feeling like you made an impact, then you've settled. Strive for more. Ask yourself how you can be the best that you can be? How can you make the team better? How can you build up and motivate your people? How can you make a process better? Start small, eventually it will catch on and become part of your daily mantra and work habits.

2. Keep going. It doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, you have to push forward. If you make a mistake, learn a valuable lesson and KEEP IT MOVING GIRL. Life is too short to stop and feel bad about it. You goofed up, you learn from it, you get over it and you go go go.

3. Innovate. Nothing stalls the ship like lack of innovation. Whether you're inventing new tech or trying to come up with ways to build up your team, innovation is k-e-y to killing the status quo and keeping things refreshing. We'll talk more about this in another post. I am a big proponent of innovation in the workplace, no matter how big or small. 

4. Assume positive intent. This is by far one of the best pieces of professional advice I have ever received from a very special mentor of mine. Being a natural pessimist, this was hard for me to grasp for a long time. Once I figured out what this meant to me, my whole mindset changed. Assume that if your team member makes a mistake, they didn't do it on purpose to ruin the situation. They goofed, that is what it means to be human, you make mistakes. Slowly but surely, I'm turning into a career optimist, but it didn't happen over night, it took me years to really understand. See the best and orient yourself in a positive way so you can have the same affect on your team, on your customers and clients, on yourself. 

5. Be you. Don't worry about fitting the mold. You are unique, why in the hell would you want to be anyone else? Be your best self. Your team will thank you for it.

6. Build your career manifesto. Even if you don’t know what your path is just yet, it’s never the wrong time to dream. You need to think about it, brainstorm it, feel it, believe it. Where do you want to be? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Check here for more inspo on how to create your own manifesto.

Let's do this!

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