Career Advice: Do the tough stuff
A few years ago, I was travelling to Winnipeg to do a TV segment. My flight had been delayed multiple times, so that by the time I arrived, it was nearly midnight. I had to get up at 5am. I waited for my luggage to come off the belt, watching the minute hand on the large clock in the airport move past midnight. My bag never arrived. There had been a belt issue in Toronto, and dozens of bags never made the flight. Now, I could’ve cried, sent the station an email saying my luggage was lost and I wouldn’t be there in the morning, watched a movie, slept in, ordered room service and then caught my flight home. I could’ve made the best of a bad situation and actually enjoyed myself. But I was there to work, and taking the easy way out would’ve caused my producers more work, made me look unprofessional, and let down the brands that I had told that I was going to be featuring on live television that morning.
And so, I filled out the form about my lost luggage, told them to hold it at the airport as I’d be back within 12 hours anyway, then got in a cab, googled the closest 24-hour Walmart, and directed the driver on how to get there. Then, he waited while I shopped for all the products I was planning to present on TV, as well as a dress, heels, a curling iron, hairspray, contact lens solution and case and all the makeup I needed to look TV-ready. It cost me hundreds of dollars and a lost hour of sleep.
And it was totally worth it. Especially when the host complimented me on my outfit, and I explained how and why I had bought it at Walmart at 1am. “You could have cancelled on us,” the producer said when she heard the story. Yep, I could have. But I didn’t. And what could have been a very negative experience turned into a win for me. I showed that I was willing to do the tough stuff that other people just aren’t willing to do.
Do the tough stuff that others won’t. You will never look back and regret it.
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