Yesterday I shared four lessons I have learned on my journey from working on a campus to working for myself. Today, I have three additional lessons for your consideration as to how they may apply in your life:

  • Lesson 5: Be like Shonda Rhimes and “say yes” to opportunities that scare you. The Pecha Kucha l did last year was so far out of my comfort zone. I said yes to write a $2 million grant before I knew what a logic model was. I wrote fund raising copy for the first time. I am teaching a new business communications course this summer. Say YES, and then figure out how to do it.
  • Lesson 6: Save as much as you can now and live well within your means. Having a nest egg creates a world of options for you and greatly reduces your stress, in both the short and long term. The more you save now, the more freedom you have later.
  • Lesson 7: There is great value to in-person social connections. I have three friends that have become my “de facto board of directors”. We meet monthly in a tiny pizza joint for “Seinfeld-esque” lunches that have kept me sane. Cultivate friendships outside of work. Initiate these connections. Treasure them.

Whether you remember any of these specific lessons or not, I hope you remember the general theme that you control your own destiny. To paraphrase a Henry Ford quote: “If you think you’re happy or miserable, you’re right.” You can be happy anywhere and miserable anywhere. The choice to make lemonade is up to you.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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