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A Few Things I’ve Learned Along The Way

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When I look back over the 20 something years’ I’ve been an Executive Assistant, I’ve seen and heard a lot! More than I’ve wanted to see or hear!

That’s the one thing about being an Executive Assistant. You see and hear things that can bend the way you view people and situations. And it’s because you know the truth behind the person or the glitz and glam of the person.

Here are a few things that I’ve learned along the way to help keep me stable in my thoughts and work.

  1. Rudeness – People will be rude – At one moment in time, we all have been ugly. We may have been having a bad day, upset, snapped at the cashier. spouse, and it probably affected that person. So, in business, you are going to come across rude people. Do not take it personally and be ugly back. Be kind, courteous, and helpful, and be yourself. As my mother always says, “Kill ’em with kindness.”
  2. Constructive Criticism – No one likes constructive criticism, but it is how we grow! Take it and grow. It is how we grow. It is not intentional but for growth. I have often taken it personally, but it is to make me a better assistant. So, take the criticism and grow from it. Take it as an opportunity to grow and be the best you can perform.
  3. Overlooked – I hate to be passed over! I am an only child. I readily admit I that syndrome and want to be the best. So, sometimes I take things personally. I am still learning to not situations personally. I often go home and talk to my husband and will say, “They are choosing someone else.” Whether you get overlooked for a promotion or a project, keep a good attitude. In the long run, a good attitude will pay off.
  4. Bad Attitude – A bad attitude will never get you anywhere! No one I know wants to work with someone like that. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, fighting with your child or your spouse, you had an overdue bill, a customer was rude, your boss was horrible, you had a bad day, or just whatever happened, don’t let it come into the workplace. Keep it professional! It will affect your work and relationship with your boss and coworkers.
  5. Cursing – This is an absolute No-No! No matter how mad you get at a boss or coworker, do not go off and curse someone out! If you have to, go to the bathroom, call your spouse or best friend, and talk it out, but do not curse a customer, boss, or coworker out. Cursing is one of the quickest ways to get a bad reputation and get fired from a job.

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