The vast majority of this website focuses on being a mother, a wife, a home maker, and all the juggling that entails. This is not because I do not value career. I love my career. I am hugely, hugely grateful for my career. I would not be the woman I am today, nor would my family be the family it is, without my work outside the home.
There are loads and loads and loads of books on being a successful career person. Whole shelves of them at Barnes & Noble. Classes on it. Graduate degrees in it. Read the books, take the classes, get the degrees (if you can fit them into your schedule). I wondered, in writing this, what could I add to all the advice that has been given before?
So here is my (relatively) short list of what I’ve learned (usually the hard way) that I thought I’d pass along:
- It’s not what you know; it’s what they know you know.
- And it’s who you know; relationships matter.
- Do what you say you are going to do.
- Establish your own brand. Curate it as carefully as the marketing team at Cheerios.
- Don’t be stupid.
- Look the part.
- Be authentic.
- Contribute something of value to the world.
- Negotiate for more money. Always. Yes, always.
- If you are going to talk about a problem, offer a solution at the same time.
- Work hard. Work really hard. You don’t have to give them your entire life to care about the quality of your work. Care, and then go home.
If you want more specifics on my work adventures and advice, search on the topic “work” from the list on the right hand side of the home page.
Be blessed, Mommy.