Hi and welcome to The Business of Being a Virtual Assistant. I’m your host, Tiffany arson and you’re watching and listening to episode number 207. I am getting in the Christmas mood here as you can see those of you that are watching on youtube or facebook or wherever else the video maybe you see, I’ve got the joy sign on the wall and it’s the lights are turned on.
I have my ornament earrings in my shirt says merry mood and I got real lipstick, I should have set up now the camera’s wobbling. Give it time to get itself together. Just give you time to get it together and listen to this episode. Okay, so let me tell you guys as I was trying my hardest to think of what to talk to you about.
I just you know, gave up, it’s like okay, I don’t, I don’t really know, I don’t have anything to say. So you know I decided to just go ahead and start getting dressed pray see, you know, just talk to god about how I was feeling different things like that.
And I finished my prayer, finished getting dressed and of course what do you do next scroll on instagram and facebook, what else? So as I’m scrolling I come across this quote, it was so strong, I had to share it in my stories and I printed it and I wanted to read it to you guys because this is going to light a fire under you right now.
It’s gonna light a fire. Um, this was posted by Marquell Russell. So here’s the quote:
Procrastination is the arrogant assumption that god owes you another opportunity to do what you had time to do.
Yeah. If you missed the quote, you didn’t get it all.
Just rewrite rewind and come on back. If you want to know what that noise was. I just picked up the paper, threw it back because that’s how I felt. Just want to do a little shout when I read that because I’m like I got work to do, I got to get moving. Oh that was the exact emoji that I put with it.
That little emoji that has the flat line across the face, exact one. So just like that. I know what I’m gonna talk to you about? Today’s episode is about how not having it all together, it makes you perfect for the job. How not having it all together makes you perfect for the job.
I have to start off a little story, real quick story. My very first job when I graduated college I got the job, not because I had a degree from “The UNC”. Also known as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Not because I was a woman or African American. They had plenty of diversity in the building.
They didn’t need, you know to check a box or anything like that. Do you know why I got that job. They told me the lady that hired me told me, she told me after all my very first day at work. She told me the reason why she hired me was because I taught cheerleading to kids part time, having on my resume because I have a lot of job experience.
But that was the experience that stood out. Now. This was at an insurance company. I could have easily lift that skill set off because it had you know insurance cheerleading had nothing to do with it. But I needed to fill up my one page resume. And that was a job that I had at the time that I was interviewing.
She hired me because of that. Now this was something that was not perfect for the job but it made me right for the job because she was like if you can teach cheerleading two kids then I know you’ll be fine talking to our customers on the phone. That’s how I got the job. Easy as that.
You might be looking at what you want to provide after you’ve gone through this december series, looking at your numbers, uh looking at your results, what worked, what didn’t work deciding on where you want to be next year what you’re going to be shooting for and what you want to add to your service offering.
And you might be thinking I don’t have it all together. I wanna offer social media, I want to offer graphics. I wanna offer bookkeeping but I don’t have it. It’s not just right. It’s not perfect. The fact that it’s not just right that it’s not perfect makes you right for the job and here’s why it means you have room for growth because you know, you don’t have it all together and when you know, you don’t have it all together, guess what you are in a constant state of seeking learning, finding the answer, testing things out, tweaking it, making it better.
If you already felt like you were perfect at this particular skill, then you would not seek out ways to improve. You know, if you are in school currently or you’ve ever taken a class, any situation where you’re being graded, you’ll notice that the instructors rarely are gonna give a 100 because they want you to improve.
There’s always room to make it better. And right now today you might be the best at what you’re doing. But the coach is gonna be hard on you because they don’t want you to think you’re the best that you have arrived. And I think I saw that somewhere on probably 30 for 30. I love documentaries, I love stories, 30 for 30s, any type of documentary.
I love learning about the history of things and where people come from. And so one of the coaches, I can’t remember it was some super superstar athlete and basically he was saying the same thing that he never let on to this guy. Like how good he was, he was the best at whatever position he played that the coach had ever seen, but he didn’t, the coach didn’t want to let him know you’re the best I’ve ever seen.
He wanted this guy to continue to get better and better and better because there’s always room for improvement. This is why it makes you perfect for that client. Perfect for that skill, perfect for that opportunity, perfect for the job. And if you’re like, you know what tiffany, I just want to start fresh.
I don’t, I want to do something else. I’m not sure what.
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When you do this new skill, remember you don’t have to be perfect now. How do we continue learning in situations when we know we need to do better? Like if you know I want to get better at canvas, how do I do that and serve clients at the same time? Like you don’t want to ever tell your client well I’m not the best at it but I can do it.
No, you’re good based on where you are today. If you know something right, this is why I always say test out on your number one client first, which is you work out the kinks with you first because you need graphics, you need to post on social, you need your book keeping, you need um if you’re recording audio video, you want a transcription as well. You need those things.
So start with you number 1 1st and then you can offer it to someone else. And then as you learn more you are able to add to what you’re doing for your client. You’re gonna always be several steps ahead ahead of the person that you’re servicing. This is why they hire us because we no more have more experienced, more knowledge and more ability than they do. We may have more time than they do. Some clients may know how to do it, but time is a huge factor.
You know, you can’t get time back and so clients hire us so that they can get that time. My main thing here in this episode and I think I hope I gave the right number 207. It’s just to let you know you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be ready and not procrastinating y’all that quote.
Uh the fact that says it’s arrogance that we even think that you know that we didn’t, what does it say? Well now I gotta find the paper again. Oh my gosh, arrogant assumption that god owes you another opportunity. We are not old. Another opportunity just jump out there.
I also put in my notes for today that it’s good to go ahead and have fun while nobody knows who you are. Have fun on social. Turn your camera on. Let people see your face. Take pictures of yourself. Let people see your face. Take pictures of you working in your office. Let people see your face.
Let them see who they are going to be working with. It’s so important and it doesn’t have to be perfect. We’re we are the ones that are overly critical of ourselves, right? We could oh my gosh, I could nitpick this video right now. But if I start pointing out all the imperfections that I see that you don’t see, then you won’t be able to unsee the imperfections, right? This is why when it comes to our clients don’t point out all the things that are wrong that you could have done better because they don’t see it. They’re not seeing the little nit picky things that we see.
We can look at a sweater that we have on and spot a little bit of lit right in the crevice of the nit of the sweater that no one else sees until we pointed out. And then like I see it. I never noticed it before. But now that you’ve pointed it out, I see it. Don’t point out those imperfections embrace it. It’s a learning opportunity every time you work with a client figure out how could I do this better, how could I make my system more refined, more smooth, more simple.
Simplify is my word for myself in 2022 is to simplify things and it’s not that things are complicated, it’s just that there are a lot of moving parts and there doesn’t have to be so many moving parts. I just know I need to simplify and refine my system. How do I know this? Because I did the exercise that I had, you guys do um this whole month of december and re evaluating reviewing my business myself and what happened this year and how those things can be better.
And part of that was too many moving things and needing to simplify things. So it doesn’t feel like a whole bunch of things up in the air. Your system may be totally different. You may be, it may be over simple, you may need to add some more things. The key here is knowing yourself and knowing that everybody is different and not comparing yourself to what someone else looks like online.
That’s just the presentation. People are going to show you the final draft, not the draft. We get the final, we get the edited cut version right? We don’t get all the bloopers the ins and outs the misspellings across our words, we don’t get that version two can compare ourselves, but just know the next time a client asked you if you offer a service and if it’s a service that you’ve, in the back of your mind you’ve been wanting to do like you feel like you’re not quite there yet.
It’s not quite perfect yet. I’m still learning. I want you to go ahead and go for it. Go ahead and let that client know, yes, I do offer that service because you’ve been wanting to offer it and now here is someone in front of you that wants that thing. Don’t allow the fact that you need to learn this one more thing so you can do it to stop you.
In most situations, we don’t have to know every single feature that’s included with the software. It’s just like your phone. I don’t know how everything works on my phone, but I’m learning as I go. As curiosity strikes. I learned something as the need comes.
I learned something. If I hear a tip, I test it out, that is how I learned and how I remember. So anyway, just know you don’t have to have it all together. That doesn’t make you perfect for the job. Being ready, being open, being available and jumping on it makes you perfect for the job.
You guys thank you so much for watching and listening. You all have a wonderful and fantastic day.