CeCe Marizu, Account Executive
People constantly talk about the younger generation, the millennials and how we view the world. We’re a generation of multi-taskers and social media gurus that find information instantly from a Google search, Facebook status, or tweet. At the same time, we’re the generation that some people can’t quite figure out because of how removed from the present moment we seem to be behind our phones and computers.
However, behind the phones and computers are the eyes and hearts of a group of dreamers. We’re a group of dreamers that are only human and will make mistakes to learn from. While making mistakes, we are building our base for the pyramid of success.
The legendary basketball coach John Wooden had a pyramid for success that is attached to this post. Wooden knew that in order to achieve all-around success there had to be a stable bottom with key components to make the foundation strong.
As young professionals we will learn things the hard way a lot of times. We will miss a typo in a draft or tweet an incorrect fact and feel as if it’s the end of the world. The mistakes we make today are the keys to making sure they don’t happen in our future. I would love to find a president or CEO that never made a mistake in his or her career and find out what they actually learned. While making mistakes, it’s key that we are aware of them and willing to make the adjustments to ensure they don’t happen again.
In PR mistakes can be unforgiving in certain situations and in others they are fixable. Having the right team that will work with young professionals allows us to learn, observe and grow. Hearing about past mistakes and how important attention to detail is only makes us more aware of how we should pay attention to our own writing. The right team of people at a workplace will give a talented individual the next block in their pyramid.
John Wooden said, “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and little talent.” The talent will naturally come with some mistakes only leaving the door open for improvement to become great.