The good women of Levo League featured me yesterday for Office Hours, a 15 min. talk on my keys for success in business followed by 15 min. for Q&A. The site caters to young professional women who are either just starting their careers or who are in a career transition, but I hope the talk is helpful to a broader audience.
- If you’d like to watch the video, that’s here.
- They posted a recap of my talk here.
- If you want to ask more questions, you can do so here whenever you want.
I mentioned four tips, and there are definitely reasons why these four tips have been so crucial for me. There are also tools and processes that I wanted to recommend to go along with those tips. Here’s a quick list to get you started.
1) Define and Create Alignment
Having it all is a myth.
I “have it all” because I want what I have. To get to this place, I had to give up so much.
The stories you tell yourself ABOUT yourself and about your circumstances are very powerful.
Stop asking for permission and start asking for what you want and demonstrate you’re willing to work endlessly to get it.
Loyalty is not as important as opportunity. Don’t stay loyal to a job or idea if you have an amazing chance to learn and do more, as I did joining Digital DUMBO as a partner and VP. The things we’re working on, especially with our new event/community space dd:OUTPOST, are opportunities I never could have predicted.
2) Goals, structure, tools
Set goals in every area of your life, with a plan to check in with yourself on your progress as often as you need to.
Don’t check your email first thing in the morning.
Use Inbox Pause while at work to stop incoming mail until you’re ready to check it (once an hour or every few hours).
Explore and try new ways of making sure you get your 3 most important tasks done every day.
Find mentors both at work and in your non-work life. Surround yourself with people smarter and more successful than you.
3) Move Your Body
Yoga has changed my life. Find what works for you. You have to move your body because that’s where you store and process all of your creativity and emotions. Staying still all day will keep you from waking up your nervous system and accessing those resources. Even if it’s just a walk during your break or right after work, find some way to move at least a little every day.
4) Be “Unproductive,” PLAY and/or Meditate
Meditation provides room and space for my mind and body to decompress, process stress and have a place to go away from all the demands of other people.
My meditation teacher is Light Watkins. He has tons of free videos on YouTube. My yoga teacher is also offering a free call about how to get started, and a paid 3 week program if you’re ready to dive in.
If you’re not into the idea of sitting quietly, your meditation could be running, cooking, knitting. It’s not spending an hour on Facebook or watching tv, it’s a purposeful separation from noise, conversation and interaction with people. You need that to stay aligned.
My last piece of advice to myself as a 25-year-old and to you: Schedule time into each day to do nothing. You’ll be amazed by how giving yourself some space will help you get better in tune with what you need to be happy. Loyalty to a job or company isn’t as valuable as opportunity – always say yes to opportunities to learn and do more.
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