Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned

Being an editor at 24 is a privilege that I thank God for every day…. well almost every day… ok… only when I remember… BUT… I’m still thankful and I’m here to tell you…

…It isn’t all coming up roses. Being in a position that *must* understand delegation in order to succeed, I have witnessed unprecedented amounts of slacking and utter apathy toward career moves that can turn a nobody into a somebody.

I have offered opportunity upon opportunity to people I feel have the potential to be successful and I am continually shocked at the lack of motivation that seems to fog the integrity of my generation.

I’m not saying I’ve done everything right. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, all teaching me lessons on a daily basis…I’ve been that “loser” who moved in with mom and dad, or had to take an internship because she couldn’t get a full time job… but there is one thing that I think separates me from the masses– the ability to work… even if there’s not seemingly much in return. It’s through these little tasks that karma shifts to be on your side…or so I’ve learned.

While I understand that it’s a lackluster economy, the economy is not a good enough excuse for procrastination and a lack of motivation. If anything, it should be the fuel that gets you moving.

I cannot tell you how many people have turned in garbage to me and call it a news story…people with college degrees at that. I know restaurant workers with only a high school education who probably could put out a better piece of reading for my newspaper.

I don’t know what it is about our generation that makes us believe that we are entitled to a job strictly because we have a piece of paper that says we made it through college. That mindset is completely false. It’s not that piece of paper that defines us, it’s the action that follows that accomplishment.

I hear people gripe constantly about how many jobs they have applied to… but sometimes you have to MAKE opportunity happen for yourself. Start at ground zero and when something fails perhaps you need to reevaluate yourself. What could you improve? How can you improve? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the “American Dream,” no? Even if it takes working in a restaurant, or at a department store, always be on the pursuit and never forget the value of giving your A-game when opportunity comes a knockin… you never know when something seemingly small can turn into something larger than life.

Just a little food for thought today as many of you continue your job search or strive for something more than mediocrity.

“Good things come to those who wait and work hard in the meantime.” Words to live by.

  • Tina

    You’re not a loser if you move back home. It gives you a chance to regroup and make choices and decisions that frame your future without commitments to a specific location that plants you someplace and restricts your decisions. Need I say it’s a blessing to have a place to go where you can be surrounded by people who support and love you while you refocus to make lifelong decisions for your future. “Loser” is harsh and not accurate – unless it’s how you view your own choices.