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10 February 2015 @ 10:36 am
Smartest person in the room  
"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room."

Ever since I got the call yesterday from the recruiter, I've been thinking about this phrase about being in the wrong room.  I don't know who originally said this, and Google attributes half a dozen different people, but it rings true.  If you're the smartest person in the room, and you have all the answers, then it's really easy to get complacent and you stop pushing yourself to learn more and try new things.

I feel like that's what I've become at RHA.  I mean, most of the time I'm by myself so I'm the smartest person in the room by default, but it runs deeper than that.  I can't remember the last time I really had to push myself at that job.  I've got all the routines and systems so memorized that I can do them in my sleep. The lack of demands made it a great job when I was a student, because I could do my studies peacefully in a quiet place while getting paid.  Now I spend time blogging or reading, and that's fine, too - but my workplace skills aren't really being developed.  Unless I want to make a career of entertaining myself during downtime, I think I've got to go somewhere else.

The bookstore has been great for that.  I'm learning about the backend of publishing, how to market a book, how to plan events, how to solicit authors for appearances, how to establish a social media presence and translate that into sales...it's interesting and keeps me busy.  But the pay is low and hours are very part-time, so the best I can do is take these skills I'm learning and try to make them appealing to another employer.  It's sad, but that's reality.  Unless, like, the store owners decide to sell and I buy the bookstore.  That would be freakin' awesome.
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