I sat at the quaint, kitchen table staring at the exposed-brick wall and then back at my waffles. There was an awkward silence. Chewing, cutting, a drop of the fork. My roommate, Betsy, sat across from me. She put her napkin down and broke the silence, “I’m just going to say it. Erin, when you shower, will you please rinse the soap scum off of the shower curtain? It is driving me crazy!” I was so caught off guard! I turned red. And then I laughed. “I am so sorry! I had no idea. You see, I take my contacts out when I shower. Without them in, I am literally almost blind,” I pleaded. I vowed to never to do it again and to pay more attention.
How many times in our life are we simply unaware of something we are doing? Or not doing? We continue on our path that, unfortunately, bothers someone else. Because they do see it. Think of the newsletters that you send out to clients, or your website that you haven’t carefully looked at in a while. Time after time, typos get missed. You simply don’t see them. You don’t want them in there, you know they shouldn’t be. But you stop seeing them. The problem is that someone else does see them. That someone could have been a potential client. Unlike Betsy, they may not say anything. They may just walk away.
Having your materials professionally edited is like wearing your contacts in the shower. Typos or misprints are found and corrected. Your documents are clean and typo-free after the hassle-free process. You can go on building your business and presenting yourself confidently and professionally.
As my girls’ soccer season comes to an end, I find myself feeling a sense of sadness , a sense of longing to be with the team. As parents, we’ve spent months together, sitting on the sidelines at practice, sharing snacks, talking about school and the weather, trying to keep little siblings occupied. Then at the games, cheering, screaming for our team. Jumping up and down with excitement when one of our girls scores or has an amazing save. High-fiving each other. And then at the end, declaring “good game” no matter if we won or lost. Then there was the championship game. The anticipation, the nerves. The screaming and cheering. The high-fives. And the “what a great season!” I will miss that. Why? To be honest, I don’t even know the names of the other parents. I don’t really know who they are. But we are connected by one common thread. We are a team. And when you spend that much time together fighting for a common purpose, being driven with dedication, you bond. You are strengthened.
Whether it is a soccer team or a work team, find your purpose. Fight for it. Say it out loud and cheer together. Be strengthened. And at the end, amongst high-fives, don’t forget to say, “good game.”
I'm Erin! I'm an MBA graduate with over 15 years of experience in HR, small business management, academia, and social media. I am an author, wife, mother, half marathon runner, and lover of the outdoors.