Friday, June 15, 2012

Eternal PR Student

There are quite a few quotes that I've heard over the years that inform the way I choose to live my life. If someone has said something that I've felt, and in a way that speaks to me, I add it to my list of mantras (why have only one?). 


At some point in his life Bill Gates said "Never stop learning," and that is one thing I try to keep in mind. There will always be something I don't know the answer to or how to do, but the key to continuing to grow as a person and as a professional is to never think I know all I need to. One of the ways I continue learning is by not being afraid to ask questions. I've learned that a large part of whether a question you ask is answered helpfully or dismissed as stupidity is in the way it is phrased, and I've grown comfortable enough in my own skin to be able to ask almost anything without worrying so much about perception.


So my self-designated title of "Eternal PR Student" is more aspirational than anything. I'm aware that I've graduated, and can no longer live the virtually worry-free life of a student. I'm also aware that I don't know anywhere near all that I can about this business and business in general. There are plenty of things that I look forward to learning more about that will help improve my abilities as a PR professional, like pulling consumer insights from analytical data, perfecting the art of mea culpa, getting even better at pitching and so much more! 


My hope is that I never tire of my chosen profession and growing more as a professional. There's always something new to learn.