At this month’s Girls Night Out a topic came up about true value.
We all put so much emphasis on our accomplishments. If we don’t get that next job then it must mean we’re not good enough. There are also those people who in one way or another “delete” their friends or family from their lives while they focus on their career. Where does all of this get us?
We don’t go around saying, “Let me introduce you to so and so. He/she is a successful VP of company X, you would really like him/her.” Most of the time we are humble about our accomplishments, for the exception of when we are interviewing. In that instance, I say toot your own horn! Tell them why you’re great and a good fit, but don’t walk around with a sign on your back saying, “Successful Senior VP!”
What am I getting at? Well, what is YOUR true value? I would have to say that if your friends value your opinion and call you when they are in a bind then you have accomplished something. You can be very successful at your job but have no people skills what so ever. What does that leave you with? A day time job and no personal life.
Make sure you have a life outside the office as that is, in my opinion, the true meaning of success. Why? Because if you are ever unemployed then it is that “other life” that you rely on. Don’t lose everything when you lose your job!
Join the Girls Night Out gals on August 11th for some yoga by the Charles River, led by Marta Minnetyan, followed by some drinks.
What did you do today?