7 years. 7 life lessons. 7 Thoughtworkers.

Life lesson 1: When things are black and white, look for the grey. When things are grey, look for the black and white.

  • Understand the business’ objectives and priorities. Once you do that, your work is half done.
  • Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  • Never stop learning.
  • When in meetings with peers, face to face or virtual, pay attention to body language. Introverts within the team won’t always speak up. When you think this is the case, trust your gut and check in with them separately. They always have great contributions to make.
  • Work ethic is sometimes underrated. Maintain yours anyway.
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Life lesson 2: The world needs what you’ve got

  • That it’s okay to be in service to others, but remember to be in service of yourself. It’s a reminder that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
  • Protect your solitude and alone time.
  • Triggers and checkboxes are more realistic than the perfect routine.
  • Putting things off can teach me about what you really want to do.
  • You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
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Life lesson 3: Pursue excellence. Even with the little things.

  • Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, even when your ideas seem unconventional. People often appreciate the vision when it all comes together.
  • It’s necessary to reinvent yourself.
  • Choose your stakeholder battles wisely.
  • Look after yourself.
  • Talk less. Say more.
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Life lesson 4: Make and keep promises to yourself

  • You owe the act of investing in yourself, to yourself.
  • Ask for help when you don’t know. People are more willing to help than you think.
  • Trust your instincts. They’re more accurate than you think.
  • A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  • Movement and creativity are linked.
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Life lesson 5: Trust your wings

  • It doesn’t matter how senior, experienced, skilled or tenured your executive stakeholders are, they’re still human.
  • Even though you’re working closely with a highly experienced group of people, their combined accomplishments don’t take away from your expertize.
  • Take up your space with confidence. Technical teams have a lot to learn from you too.
  • When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  • Don’t be afraid to be brave.
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Life lesson 6: Nobody really ‘knows’ what they’re doing

  • Remember to intermittently question your rules too.
  • You’re not ahead. You’re not behind. You’re where you’re meant to be.
  • See what you haven’t done yet as a possibility, not a failure.
  • Opportunities flow through people.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
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Life lesson 7: We’re all in this together

  • Make yourself comfortable with the uncomfortable topics. It’s the only way you’ll have the difficult conversations about the things that matter.
  • Try. You’ll never know how things will turn out if you don’t.
  • When you can’t find the job you want, create it and then, enjoy it.
  • The best is yet to come.
  • Be the senior you needed when you were a junior.
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