The ad industry is tough, and everyone is in a hurry - in a hurry to finish a project, move up, move out, get a raise, change their title and get recognition.
That’s why when Derik E. Jones of Richmond, Virginia mentioned, “You can’t love the destination and not the journey,” during a Sunday church service, his advice felt perfect to share with career-minded people who may get frustrated from time to time while hustling on their personal journeys toward greatness.
***CAUTION: Harsh realities below.
1. Not everything is intended for you; you must realize it’s not always about you. You can’t be great and selfish at the same time.
- There will be times when you can’t have/do it all, not because you are not capable but simply because it is not your time.
2. Sometimes you’ve got to go through what you’ve got to go through to get where you need to be. Remember what you are sacrificing could be worth giving up for that greater something around the corner.
3. Now might not be your time, but it will come. But only if you roll up your sleeves and get to work.
4. Celebrate others’ successes and appreciate where you’re at. Be humble at every stage, and grateful to those who support you.
5. Just because you don’t get noticed doesn’t mean your value is negated. You don’t have to get credit to be a blessing.
My Takeaway: In an industry where your perspective is your calling card and your unique identity, your journey will be one of the greatest assets you have, so it’s best if you just own it, love it and enjoy it.