How To Make The Right Career Choice With Amy Liu, Founder of Tower 28
Assuming you work 8 hours a day, five days a week, you will end up spending more than 2000 hours a year on just working! Now, I want you to take that number in, and ask yourself: How do I spend these hours? Do I feel overwhelmed, or even dreadful over my work? Do I feel motivated the majority of the time? Needless to say, if the career is not right for you, it can turn a job into feeling like endless suffering.
How can I tell if I’ve really made the right career choice, you may ask? Well, first things first, you need to enjoy going to work, Amy says. And it means more than being at your workplace physically, it’s also about the sense of growth that you should feel, she adds. Say you make a mistake at work, you should feel it’s a chance to grow and learn instead of a defeat that you’re incompetent. Being an entrepreneur of a startup brand with not a lot of brand awareness, Amy always seeks for chances of learning from big brands to improve her own startup: “I was really interested to find out why [some of the stores are doing so well in sales] so I went to go check out the stores,” she says. And it is the acknowledgment and recognition that fuel her motivation: “Hearing that kind of validation from people on the front lines who see and hear everything makes me so proud. And of course the customer reviews, DMs and comments!”
“Instead of jumping into a defensive mode right away, you will take a deep breath, take in the feedback, and reflect on your stance – and that’s always the beginning of building a honest, trusted professional relationship.”
This brings us to the second sign: You should not feel like the smartest person in the room, she says. Yes, you read it right. Having the right career choice is more than succeeding on your own, but also working well with people around you! “You enjoy the team you work with and feel excited to come to work everyday” and she feels exactly that, having started her own business with the right team of people. Being able to realise that you aren’t the smartest at work, you will be more open to new ideas and constructive feedback from your colleagues. Instead of jumping into a defensive mode right away, you will take a deep breath, take in the feedback, and reflect on your stance – and that’s always the beginning of building a honest, trusted professional relationship.
The third sign is: you aren’t constantly questioning your career choice. “The perfect job is one where you feel super engaged both personally and professionally,” Amy says. “Personally, as in the job should align with what you value. And professionally, as in you can make a contribution that you truly feel proud of or a mistake you can learn and grow from.” Constantly having doubts means there’s something that is holding you back. And often that is why you can’t shine your limitless potential and ability at work – you need full engagement. Ask yourself: are you engaged in your work? If not, what is it that makes you feel that way? The values of your company? Your relationship with your team? Or do you feel there’s space for improvement from mistakes?
Being the founder of Tower 28, Amy has learned a lot about her own career choice. The feedback she gets from editors, retailer partners, celebrity makeup artists, and customers are what make her job “really feel worth it,” she said. “Hearing that kind of validation from people on the front lines makes me so proud.” And of course, her team plays a major role too. Although it is a small team that she works with, she is very impressed by how much they have accomplished together, from going to big brand events to simply “enjoying the vibe in our office and with our freelancers – our people are passionate, kind and FUN.”
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