Feb 3, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 5

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

You Can Say No
It is the hardest lesson to learn. I am finding in 2017 that having clear personal and professional goals helps a lot in deciding how to prioritize my time and my work. Several people have suggested I read a book called Designing Your Life, and I'm looking forward to doing just that, but in the meantime I am happy to have pretty clear priorities for now.

Remember Your Strengths
Even in a super uncertain work environment where you don't have much expertise in the subject matter, remember to lean on what you do well and bring it as value to the group.

Humor and Fun Go a Long Way
I had the privilege of hearing Madeleine Albright speak at a DC event this week. She is so funny and clearly enjoys having fun. She is accomplished and impressive and clear-eyed about foreign policy. She told wonderful stories of serious moments relating to other heads of state, and fun personal moments when they were done with business for the day. It reminds me to look for the opportunities to laugh and have fun, and know that being silly and funny and enjoying life isn't mutually exclusive from tough, serious thoughts and work.

Always Be Learning
I spent some significant after-work time practicing my coding skills. I'm building a website and struggling so hard. It's a fun stretch for my brain and I'm reminded of something Madeleine Albright said during her talk this week, paraphrased as, "My father characterized me as a girl who is discouraged by first difficulties. I decide not to be in my adult life."

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

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