Let me clear up a common myth: there is not an anchor I know who walks in right before the newscast, reads a little news, then heads out to dinner. The diva anchor life just doesn’t exist anymore. He or she usually spends the workday writing stories, researching interviews, shooting promos, emceeing community events — not to mention spending way too much time keeping her flat hair fluffy and her dark circles covered up.
And you know what? I like it that way. Who wants an unproductive, unstimulating, diva life?
Today I had the honor of getting outside the newsroom and into the community. I spoke about leadership and career values with two awesome groups at Alcatel-Lucent in Plano: first, a cop-op group with the University Relations team, then at the monthly Leadership Luncheon.
It was interesting to spend a chunk of time in a true corporate environment. My oldest son interned at the global telecommunications equipment company this summer, so it was a fun window into his world. (And I can’t tell you how it warms a mom’s heart to hear that her son is well-mannered and wanted back. I was a very proud mama today. )
At any rate, I was asked to share some of what’s fueled my family and career decisions these 19 years in television news. And I included some of my strategies for staying sane:
- Say “yes” to positive opportunity. You can figure out how to do it later.
- Pour into other people. Strong leaders make everyone around them better.
- Find adventure in everything.
This last one reminded me why travel is high on my priority list. And why I left Vanderbilt University my sophomore to work in Japan, both at Toyko Disneyland and as a backup singer/dancer with a Japanese pop star. (Check out her awesome 80s videos (and my hilarious hair) below. You can even spot 80s break-dancer “Shabadoo” do a solo half-way through! Classic!)
I believe you can truly find adventure in everything. If you’re open to conversation and laughter, a trip to the store can add a little fun to your world. I tell you what, the wonderful people I met today certainly added joy to my life. What a rewarding morning.
Remember, sometimes the first step to a more stimulating life starts with just saying “yes.”
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