Hey young professional! Putting in the hard yards.
Yeah I see you. And I’m here to tell you that you’re doing okay.
I’m a young professional too and just like you I’m working pretty damn hard.
This early part of our career is often known as the “hard yards”.
There’s lessons to learn and time to serve before truly arriving in the professional world.
We’re new kids on the block and sometimes we feel insecure and insignificant.
I remember internships where my main task was to fetch newspapers and answer phones.
I remember meetings where people thought I was there was to serve them coffee.
But despite all this, I kept my head down and I kept grinding. And slowly but surely, my inexperience fell away and real skills started to grow.
But alas. I’m not there yet.
And the most frustrating part?
There’s no fast-forward.
What I’ve come to realise is that putting in the hard yards is shaping me into a strong, capable professional with the skills and experience to knock it out of the park.
It’s taught me patience, attention to detail, an appreciation for all the smaller things that go into the bigger picture.
And okay, okay, I know I don’t need to remind you. We all KNOW the hard yards will eventually pay off.
But knowing it and appreciating it are two very different things.
Especially when we’re trudging away and it feels like nobody sees us…
So let me remind you.
That overnight success and all-knowing expert were once where we are now.
Valiantly trekking forwards without a clue if they were doing it right.
These people didn’t suddenly wake up one morning with it all sorted out.
They slogged through the hard yards until they fully understood their craft.
Because slogging out the hard yards will serve us in the future.
Understanding the basics and foundation of our industries builds understanding about how it all fits together.
Bit by bit we gain exposure and our skills begin to level up.
We learn as we move forward. Building block on building block.
So relish the hard yards. Appreciate the journey and understand our time will come when our experience will level us up.
Our hard work WILL pay off, and even if it feels like no one else is watching. I see you. I appreciate you. And hell yeah I relate.
Until next time,