If you told me 3 years ago that I would be working for an insurance company, I would have told you to shut the front door. Although it was not an industry of choice, I have no complaints. I get to work everyday in a field that I love (Inbound Marketing and Web Analytics).
Working for an insurance company has taught me a lot about life. Eight things in fact, here they are:
1. Someone will always tell you No
Insurance is about balancing risk. Inevitably, the answer to all of your bright ideas will be “no”, or “you can’t”.
You can either choose to accept that, or prove them wrong.
Prioritize your time/life/goals or someone else will prioritize them for you.
Things will never go as planned. Deadlines will be missed. Insurance companies move slow, if you do not have patience, you will be one frustrated individual.
4. Life is not always fair, but be optimistic
I have encountered a lot of negative people in the work environment. You are what you think, so don’t allow negativity to infect your thoughts. You have no control over the things life will throw at you, but you can control the attitude in which you react.
Watch this incredible TED video from Sarah Kay, it will instantly change your perspective on life.
We have a good size Marketing department, with multiple projects and campaigns running. Poor communication leads to poor results.
Same in life, if you don’t communicate how can anyone know what your thinking?
6. You can learn something from everyone
As an analyst, you are tempted to stay at your desk and pour over the data. Stop. Go talk to people in the office. I cannot tell you how many things I have learned from talking to unexpected people in the company.
This is the same in life. Do not be quick to write someone off. Everyone has different experiences and perspectives you can learn from.
7. Never judge
First impressions are tricky. Almost every first impression I have made when meeting someone has turned out to be wrong after a month. It takes time to uncover who someone is and their intentions.
Regardless, every individual you interact with at the office, no matter how much you may disagree with, is a human being. They deserve your respect.
8. Balance and learn how to shut off
Practice #1 and learn how to say no yourself.
When I first started, I worked a lot of hours and my life was consumed with work. I eventually removed all emails off my devices to escape the office. Learn how to balance your life or you will quickly burn out. Make sure to leave time for the things you enjoy and the people you love.
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