Life is hard, nobody ever teaches you that at school. It’s tough to get people to open up and talk about the struggles they went through, a lot of successful people prefer to talk about the journeys that led them to success than their failures or dark moments. These truths about life might be hard, but everybody will encounter them at some point. Take it on the chin, dust yourself off and be a great career girl!
#1 Looks matter!
The girl who is well dressed and has nice freshly washed hair will probably get the job over someone who hasn’t made an effort to be presentable. Even if you aren’t super keen on wearing makeup, or you work in a sector that requires you to get dirty and be super hands-on you should remember that others judge you on how you look. It’s a sad fact of life, that’s not to say we encourage it here at CGD, rather we don’t care about judgement, but it can happen in the office, on the street, in stores and at parties, and it makes you feel small. The best way to deal with it is to hold your head high and know your worth, small minded people will stay small!
#2 Not everyone likes you
Sometimes people just don’t like you. You could be the nicest person in the office, but still one or two of your colleagues will take issue with you. Their reasoning may be unclear and despite your best efforts you won’t be able to change their minds. Remember that you can’t please everybody.
#3 You can’t control everything
As career girls, we’d all like to think we have control over everything that goes on in our lives, but this is simply not true. Some things, even after months of preparation, are still out of our control. You have to let life play out, and take each day as it comes, you can’t plan for everything!
#4 Failure is inevitable!
No one has succeeded at everything they have ever attempted. For every successful venture, there are many more failures. The best way to deal with failure is to take as a learning opportunity and allow yourself to streamline your approach to what you’re trying to achieve.
#5 It takes time to be great
Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work to get to the top. Those late finishes and early starts at work may seem like they are never ending, but with persistence, eventually you start to reap the benefits.
#6 The “right” time doesn’t exist
If you’re waiting for the right time to do something, for example, leave your job, apply for a promotion, change your diet etc, then you will be waiting forever. There is never a perfect time to do something. Instead, take the plunge and face your fears, and you’ll realise that any time is the right time!
#7 Someone else is better than you
There will always be someone who is better than you at something. Accepting that inevitability is the ultimate weapon to stop comparing yourself to others and measuring yourself by their successes, which will save you a lot of upset! Love yourself for you, if you’re bad at something laugh it off, you don’t need to be perfect at everything!
By Samantha Maden
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