It’s not just a job: Using the power of social to build your best life.

I’ve been doing a lot of talks lately here locally–I just spoke to the Omaha Business Women’s Network, at the Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference, this week I’m doing a session for Omaha Fashion Week about how to pitch, and next week I’m leading a networking session at Infotec and speaking to a classroom at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Phew! I really enjoy it–I like feeling energy from a crowd, and I like learning about the projects others are working on. I like to hear from the audience about what is challenging them, what they really want to do. It’s also kind of a fun way to use my experience BEFORE Princess Lasertron–before sewing–when I worked as a public speaking coach with my communication degree.

One common theme I’ve noticed in each talk I do–whether it’s to college students or 45-year-old businesswomen–is that there’s always a portion of the audience that is biding their time in a comfortable job waiting for the perfect time to finally do whatever they’d rather be doing. Just waiting. I’ve heard so many people say things like “It’s just a job. Once I’m doing what I really want to do, I’ll be unstoppable.” My message is that it’s not just a job–it’s not a rehearsal for a cool life you’re gonna earn later. Which is why I put together a business series for this week called…It’s Not Just a Job!

Maybe you feel like you’re biding your time too, or maybe you have a job you love love love, but you need help forming a strategy to really start killing it in your position. Or maybe you want to inspire other people in your office to work as hard as you do so your team can be more successful.

The whole idea is that you can channel your passion in the right ways–relevant, productive ways–to have more professional happiness. Waiting for your life to start is bullshit–just because you are working for someone else for now doesn’t mean your actions, attitude, and relationships aren’t important. The lessons I’m sharing this week in this series will help you prepare wisely and start your new venture with an advantage, and they’ll also help you leave your current job with great relationships and a great reputation when you’re finally ready to put your two weeks in.

So here’s the schedule of topics…
Tuesday: Be proud of your identity. (Because it’s your key to the party!)
Wednesday: Work smart and work hard.
Thursday: Put your content on the right platforms.
Friday: Care about quality and experience. (Don’t gross people out.)

See you tomorrow! Bring your best attitude!
xo
meg

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2 thoughts on “It’s not just a job: Using the power of social to build your best life.”

  1. Sarah says:

    Fantastic topic! I look forward to the posts this week!

  2. Toni M says:

    Great post! Thank you for that perspective.


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