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This is a bit silly and embarrassing, but it happened, and I learned from it.

 

My first full-time role with a production agency required a lot of travel. It wasn't just me. The whole team traveled to various cities for various projects for a lot of the year.

 

It was great. I loved traveling. Still do. It energizes me.

 

Another thing I love doing is eating by myself at restaurants. I take a book or my iPad and read while I eat. It's a particular activity that brings me particular joy.

 

I was competent on set, fun to be around on set, but I was nowhere to be found away from set. After we'd wrap, I'd split from the group and go off by myself to eat, drink, and read.


It wasn't until someone I trust pulled me aside and gave me some tough love that I realized what experience I was giving my colleagues.

 

“You come across like a prick,” he said. “You gotta eat and drink with us, mate.” (He's British.)

 

I adjusted on the spot.

 

The next trip after that was a great one, and I helped organize a fun outing.

 

Since then I've been able to strike a balance – I can find some time to do what I enjoy while doing my best to give the people I work with a great experience of me.


Terminal leave is too late. Do the work that's right in front of you, and see what happens.

 

✍🏼 My name is Carey Kight. I was a flight line weapons troop in the Air Force. Now I help veterans build ⚡️SKILLS⚡️ to successfully transition from service-to-civilian.

 

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