Week 88: Jacqueline of All Trades – #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 88 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS “
When I was younger I started to learn Russian, try skateboarding, and play guitar. I painted, I sang, I danced, and I acted. I tried all of these things and more. I didn’t become a master at any of them, and at many of these things, I was quite terrible. I felt like I Jacqueline of All Trades. I wondered what I would ever be good at if I didn’t keep my head down and just power through and focus on one task. I longed to be a master of something.
Fast forward to 2016 and I went from wanting to study medicine to psychology to business to hotel & restaurant management of all things. I graduated in 2014 and began working in hotel sales that May. I went from being in a corporate admin role at twenty-one to a managerial one at twenty-three going on twenty-four. Had I finally found something I was quite good at?
One of the many things that I love about the hospitality industry is the opportunity to wear many hats. More often than not, you have to perform multiple roles whether or not you want to. Even if you’re the General Manager of a hotel, you still need to know the ins and outs of the housekeeping department, the kitchen, the front office, and so forth. You don’t have to be an expert at these different facets, but you need to know the basics.
Never stop learning. Continue to keep up-to-date with industry trends. Read articles that are specific just to your line of business, and then pick up a magazine of something that is completely out of your comfort zone. In my line of business, I am surrounded not only by hospitality professionals, but also work with tech rockstars, graphic designers, and PR mavens along the way. You don’t want to be another run of the mill businessperson. You need to stand out. You do business with people to make money, but it always helps to do business with someone that you like. What better way to get to know someone than by learning more about what they do?
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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.
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