The following blog is written by Sydney Waddle, Elevate’s Fall Content Development Intern, and recent Kennesaw State University graduate.
At some point in life, everyone experiences doubt: Self-doubt, doubt about choices, doubt about circumstances. It’s a human thing to go through. We’re not perfect, and that little voice inside your head will tell you that on a daily basis if you let it.
When I started my internship at Elevate, I was full of doubt. Not doubt about Elevate itself or the people there, but about myself. Was I good enough to be here? Did they make a mistake hiring me? What if I don’t live up to their standards? However, throughout my first day there, all of that doubt faded away as I learned more about my co-workers, met my fellow interns, and started developing relationships with people who genuinely wanted me to succeed and grow.
As you enter or leave an internship in this season, here are some things I want you to know.
You really are capable.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but you are capable. A lot of the things you want to accomplish or think you can’t do are just on the other side of fear. Try new things. Let yourself feel nervous. Figure out what bravery means to you and embrace it.
Take Advantage of Every Learning Opportunity
You might not be interested in something or think you’ll never use a skill, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning new things. Maybe you’ll never use Hubspot again in your life or DJ at an event, but learning things outside of your comfort zone will help you grow personally and professionally and can benefit you in more ways than one.
Questions help companies, organizations, and people move forward. How will you learn if you don’t ask? It can be scary to raise your hand in a crowd full of people you don’t know very well or people who are in positions above you, but I promise you’ll feel more regret not asking the question than asking it. I can think of so many situations in my past where I was too nervous or embarrassed to ask a question because I thought it was silly, but looking back on it now I wish I went ahead and asked. Questions provide clarity. No one will ever judge you or think less of you for asking a question.
Celebrate people. Celebrate their wins, their good qualities, and the things that give them life and energy. Never stop celebrating people. I know that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re going through a rough patch or don’t feel celebrated yourself, but celebrating others will give you authentic joy. It will multiply the successes and wins that someone else experiences and will bleed into the way you go about life and the way others celebrate you. You know that cliché statement about how blowing out someone’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter? It’s true. Celebrate others endlessly. “Life and love aren’t about what you gain, it’s about what you give.”
Throughout my time at Elevate, I’ve learned that I am fully capable of any task placed in front of me. Sure, it might be hard. It might take me a while to complete. I might have to use Google and learn something I’ve never done before. But I can do it. You can do it.
So learn constantly, celebrate others, and ask questions. Your internship is going to help you grow, develop your skills, and more than likely have the confetti emoji constantly sitting in the “frequently used” category.