My time as in intern has come to a close with Intrinsic Events. I’ve traveled back to Cincinnati to complete my final semester of college! Here are some final takeaways I’ve been thinking about during this transition period in my life. I’ve learned that the best advice is the advice you, yourself struggle to take…so near or far, here are some words of wisdom we could all use a daily dose of.
1) Empower yourself
Others will put their input before your own. Have confidence in your capability to produce great work. Be firm, trust your inner fire, and don’t give anyone else the power to take it out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been hesitant to speak up out of embarrassment, and then regretted it later. Do not be afraid to be wrong, but rather if you are, take it as a humble learning experience.
2) Be diligent
Work takes a whole lot of patience and love. Being diligent throughout the process will streamline your thoughts and allow you to think more abstractly. This will make us more open to unconventional ideas.
3) Kill the “Off Days” Concept
Work is not restricted to your office. Put your mind to work. Train it to intentionally analyze your days so that you can apply new findings to your work. Life is an endless mission field to solve, experience, and create—take advantage of this time. Off days don’t exist when you choose to challenge yourself regularly.
I take the following quote to heart always- "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand."
– Karl A. Menniger
If nothing else, listen. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by hearing a fresh perspective that has the power to expand your mind. To listen is an open invitation to learn. Accept the invitation.
5) Respect Your Rest
Know when to recharge. Do not drag your work into a sloppy place out of tiredness. Workout, eat healthy, mix up your routine, and break your cycle of monotony. Remember that rest is not the equivalent of laziness, and do something that you love in order to feed your mind.