On the Surface

PERSPECTIVES

Just a Word of Advice.... By Liz Crawford, VP Emerald Expositions, SURTEX Director

November 26, 2014
       

e603ec29-14ea-48ea-848c-0d18e4c6036fI hope that all of you out there are doing something that you love. Work can be hard, and stressful, but if you love your work, it can also be very rewarding…which is what makes us keep doing what we’re doing.

Sometimes I think about what got me where I am in the first place.  I know it involved a lot of work on my part, but I also remember some great conversations and nuggets of advice that have helped me along the way.

Alright, to be honest, some of that advice made me angry – like the time one boss warned me, “You can’t have it all.”  I remember thinking then, maybe she’s right?  That was a long time ago, and I was adapting to being a new mother, working, traveling, and building my career.

As time wore on, I realized that she was wrong.  I could have it all, but it would come with challenges, some regrets, a lot of work, and, sometimes, guilt. My guilt came from having to leave my child to travel for business.  Still, looking back now, I can say that the path I’ve taken has been very rewarding. And my children turned out just fine, thanks for asking.

What about some of the advice you have gotten during your career? Did it inspire you to do great things? Or, like the unsettling piece of advice I got those many years ago, were you inspired to prove it wrong?

People give other people advice all day long. Sometimes it’s heartfelt, sometimes it’s a casual suggestion that there’s a way to do something better.  Whether or not I have acted on it, I’m thankful for all the advice that’s come my way through the years.

Legal advice, personal advice, advice on how to conduct your business…any way you slice it, it’s up to you to choose what to do with it all.   Heed it?  Ignore it?  Either way – take my advice  it’s all good.