You Win Some, You Lose Some

11:40 PM

Let me begin by saying I'm loving my new job. Much more independent, the work is fun, I'm learning a lot, and the hours are incredibly flexible.

Second off, I'd like to say that I really don't like disappointing people and I really don't like making dumb mistakes (and unfortunately, I'm prone to both).

In my work and my life, I like to be someone who is dependable, respectable, professional, trustworthy, thorough, and able to go above and beyond expectations. I like to set the bar high for myself so that people are impressed by what I do and can trust me to get a job done well.

I like to think that I usually live up to these standards, but I also know that sometimes I let people down. I really hate that feeling. I think a lot of people look at me and see a young little girl from the booneys of Kansas who may be a little dippy, and my goal is to make sure that impression changes as they work with me.

Unfortunately, I've had a few instances in the last weeks where I totally spaced things/let them fall by the wayside,
sounded totally ridiculous having conversations about things I know nothing about,
and just plain did things wrong. And I can't help but kick myself when I do that- after all, nobody else is supposed to know when I have no idea what I'm doing, right?

Wrong.

One thing I've learned is that people are generally pretty forgiving, especially if I'm genuine in my desire to do a good job for them.

Also, people are willing to teach. Almost every day lately, someone has had to explain to me some aspect of the business that I'm more than clueless about. And they are more often than not completely patient and kind about it. Good karma is for real. I'm so giving them good Christmas candy!

I have to understand that I'm not always as awesome as I want to be. I think it's important to have high standards for myself, but also to remember that maybe I will have dippy moments from time to time. And that all I can do is my best. And that I'm learning and improving every day. And be thankful that people give me multiple chances to prove my competence. Because that's all we can really do, right? 
Guilt trips don't get us anywhere. Trevor reminds me all the time that even when I make mistakes, there's not usually a lot I can do once it's over besides make sure I do better next time. And he's right.

So hopefully, I can 1) keep getting more on top of things, and 2) remember that I'm human, and so are all the brilliant and seemingly flawless professionals I work for.

How do you keep from being too hard on yourself?
What do you do when you've made a totally embarrassing mistake?
I'd LOVE your input!

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  1. It sounds like you have a fantastic attitude about the whole thing.

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  3. There are so many different aspects of real estate and so many moving pieces that make a transaction run smoothly. Don't be hard on yourself for not knowing, you already know more about the business than most of the new graduates. (Honestly, real estate school only teaches you how to stay out of jail, not how to buy and sell houses.) So if you ever have any questions you can always call me! I am more than happy to help anytime! I was new to this once! (and still am :)) Love the blog btw!

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