Surviving Employment

I worked about twice as many hours as usual last week, in three different jobs. It was an unusual week, I’m not that hard working, but I’ve learned just a few things.

  1. You know more than you think you know. You are capable of the task at hand. If you’re not, you’re probably not expected to be.
  2. Once you’ve talked on the phone, over the megaphone, to a bus-load of people, to a university-load of people, a few times, it stops being scary. You’re capable and you’re tough, and nobody’s judging. Whether you’re representing yourself or somebody else, stand up straight and with confidence. Even if you mess up, life goes on and next time around you’ll know to jump that hurdle rather than trip.
  3. Nobody’s better than you, and you’re not better than anyone. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this one before but it’s a lesson to relearn every day.
  4. You can lend your experiences to others. You think you’re boring or unimpressive or banal? There is always something to learn, but there’s also always something to teach.
  5. Don’t be intimidated by silence. Rise above the silence. A world full of noise is a world without absorption. Just soak in the information and the experience and the environment.
  6. Fake it ’til you make it. I can’t be more serious, but I know it sounds crazy. Sometimes faking it is what stretches out that comfort zone. If you can fake it, it’s in there, and it’s not so fake after all, maybe? You decide.

I had a 16.5 hour work day on friday (haven’t stopped telling everyone about it yet), and it was an arduous and character building day. I talked to loads of people, ran tours and information sessions, interacted with all kinds of university staff and students, and learned plenty about what I was teaching. Knowledge is never complete. You don’t have to study, but always strive to learn.

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