By: bailey G.
Well, I apologize for once again being delayed in blogging. But as usual, we have a ton going on! Summertime is always hectic for us, as I’m sure it is for you. What I wanted to talk about today is the concept of growth.
I went to a Women in Technology conference last week, where the keynote speaker was none other than the Beth Comstock, named by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the country, and she's a had a huge career in communications and marketing which of course, is my field.
Anyways, her keynote focused a lot on growth, the importance of failure, and continuous learning. And many of the other powerful women I met at the conference as well also focused on personal growth. As I sit and reflect on being a year out of college, a year into work, and another year into my twenties... so much has changed in just a year.
My (not so new, now) job has been challenging, but so rewarding. I often still feel like I'm flailing, but I'm starting to appreciate all how far I've come in a year and the fact that I will be forever learning. Some days, I just want to have all the answers, all the experience, and be at the top. I know that will take time, decades even...and as many of you know I'm not a patient person.
However, when I look in the mirror in comparison to a year ago, I see someone who is stronger, smarter, and most importantly confident in my independence. Before graduating, the thought of living alone and having to take on all of the adult world at once was too overwhelming to bear. I didn't have the independence I have today to be confident in myself and to care for myself.
I've also learned a lot about not sweating the small stuff as much. I still get incredibly stressed, and anxious at times, but I'm realizing that in the grand scheme of things, those small mistakes do not matter. In fact, they help me to do better, know more, and avoid making the same mistake in the future.
The most important thing I've learned is that I still have a LONG way to go in terms of growth. And that each of us is on our path. I have friends who are married, friends with kids; and on the opposite end, I have friends who are still partying it up and drinking like fish because well... why not in your twenties? But the point is, everyone's on a different path, and it doesn't make your path and growth any less valid or more valid than others.
I look at the mentors and people in my life like those powerful women in tech, like my boss, like my mom, like my dad who's about to retire from 30+ years at one company... and I see all that They've accomplished and I get antsy. I WANT THAT!!
We all need to remind ourselves that we still have years to get there. Your twenties are for growth, finding yourself, and failing fast. That being said, try to live each day to the fullest capacity. It's amazing what you can fit in with a little productivity and positivity.
And as Beth Comstock said in her keynote speech last week, we all need to work on giving ourselves permission to succeed, and not let anyone stand in our way. So, I'm permitting myself to be patient, and ride along this path of growth with patience and persistence.