Someone I used to work for once said to me that "efforts don't matter, results do."
Sometimes you might not have all the information, but people look to you for decisions, direction, and guidance.
Don't ever sell yourself short. Don't ever aim low.
The late Donald Murray, my Pulitzer Prize-winning professor at the University of New Hampshire, shared some advice that I have never forgotten.
Never stay too long at a party, always reward your associates before they ask to be rewarded, and always be honest so you can avoid ever having a sleepless night.
Never take a job if the leader can't explain where they are headed. If there is no vision and plan, there is no win.
My office is filled with toys, and what gets the most attention is my army of Vinylmation figures from Disney World.
A mentor would always remind me that in PR, at the end of the day, all we really have is our personal reputation.
It is not about the learning moment, but about how you react, learn, and adapt when things do not work out as planned.
I've made my share of mistakes, but I don't regret them. Every step I've taken along the career path has led me to where I am today. I like to look forward, not back.
Always lead by example and take care of those around you.
Never get complacent or compromise your personal standards.
My first pitch that turned into a cover story for Toyota was a pretty big deal.
Take the hardest job you can get your hands on.
From all that I've been told and observed, my takeaway is be present - with your clients, colleagues, and kids. And be the best role model you can for your children.
Let the unimportant, insignificant things that happen during your day roll off your back and focus on the things that truly matter.
I try to live by the philosophy of Virgin Group owner and founder Richard Branson, which is to take risks.
This is my ideal job. Kids plus good deeds. Who could ask for anything more?
I write mostly with markers, specifically Mr. Sketch fine-point scented markers.
My first PR job changed my life. I worked at the Athens Mental Health Center in Ohio. The experience had a pro-found influence on me - it is a constant reminder that "normal life" is a great gift we overlook all too often.