23 lessons I learnt at 23 – lesson 1

In the 23 days leading up to my 24th birthday, I will be writing one blog a day of 23 things I learnt at 23. So here goes, lesson 1…

We spend far too much time at work to hate our jobs


(Image credit to Leadership NUGGETS)

Although these aren’t in any particular order, I felt this had to come first as it was one of the most important things I learnt at 23. I spent a year somewhere I was miserable, and it made me realise how much damage being miserable at work does to you. Since I changed jobs and now enjoy it again, I have realised this even more. There is no good reason for every morning to be spent forcing yourself just to get out of bed because you so dread your job.

It changed who I was, I became frustrated easily, I lost my general positivity, and most frustratingly, I lost my confidence in my abilities and in who I am as a person. However, this lesson also triggered a series of others that have been a positive learning experience for me.

I learnt how determined and driven I am, how ambitious I am, and how strong, because despite my daily struggle just to get in to work I lasted every day, I did not cave, I continued to work, and work hard, because I knew where I wanted to get to and I knew giving up wouldn’t get me there. I spent each day going in, trying to prove myself and although I don’t think I ever did, what mattered to me was that I walked away from that job knowing I had tried my utmost to make it work. I have been able to start a new job knowing my strength, and knowing that I am capable of getting through. It has also made me realise what I cannot do too and made me surer than ever that third sector comms is my passion above all.


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