It’s 7:35 AM.
I’m on the yellow line metro en route to my client’s office in Alexandria, trying to grasp exactly what it is I need to accomplish over the course of the day. I’m sure once I have my coffee, it’ll make much more sense.
The District is a-buzz because it is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. So that means countless networking events, forums, brunches, discussions and after parties. Oh, and of course the conference itself. While I won’t be attending this year, I’m doing my best to stop by a few events just to mix and mingle with my peers and potential mentors. But I’ll be honest: even though I’ve lived in DC for almost 3.5 years, I still feel a little green when I’m in the same room with say, heavy hitters like Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Jeff Johnson or Angela Rye. I know, I know — they’re people just like you and me. But hearing their countless accolades, which networks they frequently serve as correspondents for, and who’ve they’ve interviewed upon receipt of an award always leaves me in awe. Now, that’s not to say I don’t have the ability to be in a similar position in the future — but their hard work, contributions to their communities and accomplishments serve as an example of what to strive for.
But more importantly, it’s a reminder to fake it ’til you make it.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned while living in The Nation’s Capitol, it’s that you’re not always going to be the smartest, most well-spoken or even the most flawless in the room — but that should never stop you from going after the things you want. While I may have felt a little green working the room full of my millennial peers with similar aspirations as myself, I also felt really inspired. Inspired to hustle harder, work smarter and build meaningful relationships. I’m a firm believer that once we move out of our own way, our definition of self will become a bit clearer. While the journey to success will undoubtedly have potholes, a few flat tires and closed exits, it’s important to enjoy and learn from every moment. You are what you THINK you are, so make sure those thoughts are all good things my friend.
To faking our way to the top, ;-)