Here at TOH PR, we are all too familiar with the hustle and bustle of the business world in a big city. Particularly when floating in the PR bubble, it can become easy to lose oneself in the pressures and commitments of agency life. Of course it is essential to always be polished, prepared and on top of your game in order to shine professionally, but it is equally important to keep a firm grip on what keeps you fabulous, personally. This is why Caroline McHugh’s TED talk on The Art of Being Yourself really resonated with Team TOH. In this 20 minute video, she shares is some wonderful advice on how to become the very best version of yourself.
According to Caroline, there are two places in life where people are particularly good at being themselves:
- When they are children and do not know how to disguise their unique differences
- When they grow much older and frankly just stop caring
It’s the part in the middle that Caroline suggests things become problematic – when one must socialize, adapt and accommodate others more regularly.
So, here are Caroline’s key pieces of advice on how to truly master yourself during those more challenging years…
Master your individuality: Figuring out the unique gift that life has given you and putting that at the service of your goals is paramount. This unique gift does not dictate what kind of job you do, but how you do it.
Be a go-getter: Successful people are ones who go out and do what they have set to do. One thing successful people have in common is that they actually have nothing in common; they are unique. People who are afraid to be themselves will end up working for those who are unafraid.
It’s not all about you: You must develop an inner state of mind that is impervious to the good and bad things that happen in your life. This is humility, where it is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking about yourself less.
Don’t flatter yourself: Shyness is always a barrier, however in reality, everyone is focused on themselves more than anything. Disregard where your abilities end and disregard being the centre of attention.
Not convinced? Watch the TED talk here and let us know your thoughts on what it takes to truly master you.