LifeOhm is participating in Blog Action Day 2013 #BAD13 along with more than 2,000 other bloggers in more than 126 countries worldwide to bring attention to human rights issues. There are so many human rights issues that need attention that it was difficult to decide where to focus. I chose to discuss the right for girls to receive an education because of how important education has been in my own life.
Back to school time is always fun and exciting and I loved the years I spent in college. I learned a lot of great things, made a few lifelong friends, and also experienced a few hard knocks. As I work toward finishing my master’s degree, I’ve been reflecting on some important lessons learned while working in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur – lessons that I most definitely did not learn in college. Here are seven things that I had to learn on my own:
1. Advocate for Yourself
In business, you continually need to advocate for yourself. Whether its negotiating a salary, or a promotion, or establishing boundaries about working overtime, being able to support your own cause is vital to survival in the real world. In order to successfully advocate for yourself, it’s important to know your own value and priorities. I was happy to learn recently that some local high schools are working with students to develop self-advocacy.