Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014
If you opened the dictionary and turned to the word perfectionist, you would see my picture right beside it. I do not like leaving projects hanging or half done. This was just how I was raised. My mom’s motto was always if you can’t give something your all, then there’s no need to be doing it. This is a philosophy that I continue to carry with me each day. I have learned though that giving it your all doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes. And you know what? That’s ok.
Some great advice from my wonderful, farm mom Missy.
I’d like to think that with age comes wisdom, as I will be turning 21 years old on Saturday. I remember feeling like I knew it all at age 13, was cool at age 16, and was a grown-up at age 18. My point is, wisdom may not always come with age, but making mistakes usually do. I have yet to make it a whole year being perfect, as much as I’d like to argue that fact.
This internship though has taught me no matter how perfect I want to be, it just isn’t a reasonable demand of myself. Sure, I still believe you give every project your all, but if you continue to do that and still make a mistake, that’s just life.
I’m definitely not the wisest person around, but I have learned a few things in the past few months:
Life Isn’t Perfect
As much as I would like everything to fit into my own cookie-cutter idea of what it should be, that’s just not the way it is. At work, plans change constantly. Important items that weren’t on your radar the day before seem to pop-up frequently during our busy season. This just means that sometimes you have to adjust. Whether that means you slightly alter your path or completely change course, life is all about being able to adapt.
It’s Ok to Ask for Advice
I can’t be an expert at everything. I used to always think that asking for advice was a sign of weakness. Now, I think it shows a certain humbleness in a person. If anything, sometimes I think I ask too many questions now. But, I believe it’s better to ask then just assume. On a daily basis I ask advice from fellow Beck’s Blogger, Ashley. This is true not only for work related projects, but life too. It’s nice being able to talk to someone who has not only been in your shoes, but was successful in those shoes, too.
Don’t Stop at Average
When a project is fully done, I have a tendency to cross it off my list as some of you know from my very first blog in Intern Avenue. There’s something to be said for double-checking your work. It’s too easy for me to hit the submit button. Sure, I’m a perfectionist while I’m working on a project, but when I’m done, you bet I just want to be finished. Even when time is of the essence, I have learned that in the marketing world, it’s better to take a few extra minutes with your work. Otherwise you are going to be spending a lot longer revising and editing in the long run.
No matter where you are in life, never settle. Always give life your very best effort . Keep pushing through and don't be afraid to ask for advice. It not only will make you a stronger employee, but a stronger person as well. As Brené Brown said, “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.”
Author: Meghan Bennett
Categories: Intern Avenue
Tags: Beck's Blog, intern avenue, Life Lessons, It's Ok to Make Mistakes, Reflections, Advice from an Intern
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