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10 Lessons New York City Has Taught Me.

image-88“Always behave like a duck – keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.” – Jacob M. Braude

It’s been almost seven months since I packed up my bags and shipped it from Toronto to New York City. Hard to believe! A lot has changed since then, and I’m still asking myself where the time has gone. In a city like New York, time can be easily swept away by the hustle and bustle of the streets. I know I am not the only one that gets asked, “So, what’s NYC like?!” In honor of those people, and to do a little self-reflection, here are 10 things I’ve learned since I moved to the city!

  1. You have to be self-assured. Things are not always going to work out in your favor. Sometimes you have to hold your head high, believe in yourself, and move forward.
  2. It’s not going to be 9-5. This was never a surprise to me. It was only reinforced when I moved to the city. If you’re looking for a 9-5 job, PR might not be your calling.
  3. At some point, you will feel overwhelmed. I think back to the movie Friends With
    Benefits, and I couldn’t agree more with Mila Kunis, “New York can be a bit lonely at times … [but] Every place can be a bit lonely sometimes.
  4. These lights will inspire you. How cliché. In all reality, sometimes you have to stop and take in your surroundings.
  5. Make the call. You’re going to have to make a decision that’s only best for you. People around you might not always agree with it, but trust your gut.
  6. You will make a mistake. You will also learn from it.
  7. There is always going to be someone who is one heel ahead of you… and that’s okay. You might be intimidated, but never feel as though you don’t have something to bring to the table. You got to where you are for a reason.
  8. Take a break. Sometimes work and stress can pile up. Take a deep breath and carry on.
  9. Network, Network, Network. Seriously. Every single person has a story, and a
    connection. In PR, this is essential.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Although the city will toughen you up, never be afraid to ask questions. It demonstrates your desire to learn more, but also shows that you’re
    willing to admit that you don’t know everything.

What has your city taught you?

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