The only differentiator in the game is your passion and your hustle.
– Gary Vaynerchuck
I learned 2 HUGE lessons this year. One lesson was from a mistake, and the other was from a success.
Here are 2 lessons I never want to forget:
Lesson #1: I will never again stay at a job I hate.
My first job title after college was Recreation Supervisor at a resort, and I initially took it because it was a full-time leadership position with benefits. Looking back, I should’ve had higher standards, but I stayed for 8 months even though I learned my entire job in about 2 minutes. Talk about beyond bored.
It made me realize what I want in a job. I need to be challenged, constantly learning, with room to grow, and freedom for creativity. Getting out of that job allowed me to discover my real purpose in life.
[BOTTOM LINE] There is way too much opportunity & not enough time to settle for a job I hate.
Lesson #2: Social media is THE game-changer.
Speaking of opportunity, BLOGGING = OPPORTUNITY.
I’m no expert, so I can just go off of my own experiences, but creating my blog is in the top 5 best decisions I acted on in 2016. Blogging is for evvveryone. It adds credibility – and this can be on any topic – not just PT.
For example, a guy who absolutely loves tea could have a blog on tea. If he markets himself & shows his love for tea & shares valuable content to other tea lovers, he could one day get his dream job that is all about tea! I can’t get over the fact that we can create & evolve our own career paths with social. I have used my blog to write about things that matter to me & things I want to be involved with in the future.
[WORDPRESS USERS] I can now say I have experience building a website (& engaging with an online community) using WordPress with 3 months experience. By the time I am going through PT school interviews this will be about 1 year of experience. By the time I get done with PT school it will be over 4 years experience of running a website! I’ll just stick with it & be patient.
Twitter = the ultimate networking tool.
If you don’t have one, then get one ASAP.
How do I utilize Twitter?
All I do is talk to other people who have the same interests as me. I can to talk to the biggest influencers in the field of PT & I have access to PT school admissions, PT school instructors, clinic owners, other students & potential co-workers/bosses/clinical instructors.
[EYE-OPENING MOMENT] The time when I was invited to shadow one of the PT’s I admire most. This was possible even though I was clear across on the other side of the country in Florida & she was in North Dakota (in the town I would be moving to)!
BONUS: Adding Twitter to my resume.
If I can learn & understand Twitter, then I can use it as a resume-builder when I am looking for any job. One day in a job interview I will be able to say that I am a Twitter expert and know how to market myself/businesses online. It will be just another skill to set me apart from other applicants :))
[PRO TIP] I engage w/people I would one day want to work with or those whom I admire. One day (Maybe in an interview? Maybe to even get offered an interview?) I’ll be able to mention that conversation we had one time on Twitter & how it helped me :)) Even better, we will have talked enough on Twitter that the person recognizes & therefore trusts me more than other random applicants!
[FUN FACT] Sophia Amoruso of GIRLBOSS & Nasty Gal liked my tweet a while back & I was elated!
To say I’ve got plans for 2017 is an understatement. I’m really pushing myself to think BIGGER.
I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, so I don’t have any of those for you guys. I’m more into shorter-term goals (Think 1 month, 3 months, 6 months). They work better for me.
Coming up in January is a Plank Challenge! I’m doing a TON of research on core strength lately & am excited to share it all with you.
[PLOT TWIST] It’s not all about the plank!
I’m about to bundle up & venture into the North Dakota snow globe that I now call home. I need to get 12 different fruits to represent the 12 different months of the new year. It’s a colorful & healthy & very Filipino new year’s tradition I got from my mom :))
Do you have anything you’d like me to research when it comes to core strength?
What are your plans for NYE?
Any new year’s traditions you have?
Any blogging tips you have when it comes to a posting schedule?
I play all day on Snap & Twitter!
Come say hi :))