Your Career and You: “You’re Smarter Than You Think”

Publication1The past few weeks have been, to put it as kindly as I can, freaking insane.

I spent a mind-blowing four days in Washington, DC, at the Public Relations Society of America’s International Conference (Note: This is the link to the 2015 Conference page) where I was surrounded by thousands of fellow PR professionals and students.

I also attended a half-dozen educational sessions where I got a TON of information and new ideas that I can bring back into the classroom.

Then I came back to Boston and immediately began prepping for my own presentation at the annual conference of the National Coalition of State Housing Agencies. I talked to a roomful of communication professionals from around the country about one of my favorite topics…social media and customer service.

Now the dust is settling, and I’m looking forward to the next great adventure…whatever that might be.

At the same time, I’m teaching my undergraduate Communication classes at Curry College and having the time of my life introducing young future-professionals to the world that has been my life for going on 40 years.

So what’s the point, Kirk?

The “point” is that, if you had asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing today, I would probably have said, “Running a PR department for some cool nonprofit somewhere in the world.”

I definitely would have been involved with PRSA…joined in 1981 and have been an active member ever since.

But the other stuff…hard to say. I didn’t really think I was smart enough to be teaching others how to succeed in public relations. And I’m definitely not smart enough to be advising others on how to conduct their own PR programs.

But others seem to think so. Cool!

The point…again…is that I came into this world equipped with a massive inferiority complex, and I can’t shake it.

Today I sit in faculty or department meetings listening to my colleagues, and I think “Oh my God, he (or she) is sooo smart.” And I curl up into a ball and try to hide.

But, then, I reflect on things that I’ve done recently, and I think “Maybe…just maybe…I’m not as dumb as I think. Other people think I have a clue. Maybe I do!!”

The point for you, young grasshopper, is that you should not let your self-doubt stop you from doing something. Just dive in and do it.

Not everything’s going to work perfectly…Thomas Edison experimented with umpteen types of materials before he found the one that worked as a filament for his soon-to-be-invented light bulb. The Wright Brothers’ first attempt to fly didn’t get off the ground.

But they didn’t give up…nor should you.

Believe in yourself. Try new things. Take chances. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. You’ll find that you’re smarter than you think!!


About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 20 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
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9 Responses to Your Career and You: “You’re Smarter Than You Think”

  1. Peter says:

    What an inspirational post.


  2. Reblogged this on Introspection Collection and commented:
    This is valuable wisdom to reflect upon no matter your age or career status. This resonated with me as a mid-level professional. I often find myself in rooms with seasoned professionals and think that I can’t possibly impress them with any of my knowledge or with newer professionals whose eyes light up when they learn something new. There is always value that we can add to any room by being our true, honest, hardworking self.


  3. Rob Gray says:

    Hi Kirk,
    Lovely post. Glad you signposted me here on LinkedIn. I recognise myself in a lot of what you say, as doubtless will many others. Your advice is absolutely right: believe in yourself!
    Best wishes


  4. Dilip Kumar Jha says:

    Thanks for information. A positive attitude is always helpful.


  5. Pingback: Your Career and You: “But I’m Just a Kid” | A Professor's Thoughts

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