I’ve had this weird shift recently that has required an adjustment of attitude. I’m used to thinking of myself as being at the bottom of the hierarchy, as someone who doesn’t give instruction, but receives instruction.
What I didn’t realize as I’ve moved through my career is that the longer I do this, the more faith people have in me.
I started managing large scale, end date structured projects in high school. I stage managed shows with casts of up to 90 people, and I was just doing what I thought I ought to do. I paid attention, I took notes, I gave feedback, I dotted “I’s” and crossed “T’s.” This was the start of my career, and I didn’t know it yet.
Fast forward to a meeting I had a week ago I’m sitting across from a client at a coffee shop, working through what needs to be done over a large scale, end date structured project. We’re talking through when things need to happen, and I ask him, “Is there anything else we need to do before we get going?”
And he looks at me and says, “Mehek, that’s why you’re here. I don’t know.”
Apparently, I’m in charge, and I’m not sure how I got here. Or rather, I do know, but I don’t fully believe it yet.
I got here because I worked up a reputation for knowing my stuff. Of knowing what needs to be done to get to an end goal. Of putting in the time and commitment and dedication into a project that requires grueling hours and labor.
Apparently, I’m in charge of my life. I’m in charge of how I do things, and I get to decide how we move forward. I get the chance to be in charge. and I’m reveling in it.
My passion comes from working with people and getting them where they want to be. I’m a behind the scenes girl, and I want other people to shine. And I’m excited to let people shine.
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