Why or Why Not?

This actually was my high school yearbook quote whether you believe it or not! I was always so excited about starting a new chapter and trying new ideas. Often, I have to push myself out of the comfort zone because you really never know how something will end up without actually trying!

One of the main reasons I do what I do is because I like to make sure I exhausted everything before I can say I failed or give up. Honestly though, sometimes I have the issue of doing and wanting to do too many things and spreading myself thin. In these situations, you can also ask yourself why to these new ideas and initiatives, but it’s all about perspective!

Some of the biggest decisions with “why not” as a question constantly asked is confounding @bu_pct, getting a second cat (and a third!), and starting my YouTube channel, podcast and the Technology Consulting Community! These were all my best and most rewarding decisions I made and I’m so glad I took the leap!

The most recent jump I did was to revamp my Instagram with more targeted content in tech, careers, and consulting, and expanding into Instagram reels and Tiktok! Let’s see how this goes!

Follow me on Instagram at @christine.innovates for more! I go over technology consulting, technology, consulting, careers, and also my own personal stories and narratives as a young working professional!

My Ingredients to Success

I think everyone needs all of this to be successful.

Introspection. Learn about yourself to figure out what you like to do, what you don’t like to do, what you value, and what your tendencies and habits are. It’s okay to not know any of this, but it’s important that you make an effort towards this.

Growth Mindset. Embrace the process! Adapt and mobilize. As someone who is usually one track minded, I sometimes fall behind on this. Results are still important, but it also depends on what you define as success. Goal set in a way of what you want to learn rather than what you want to achieve.

Understanding. Don’t just focus on yourself. Try to understand those around you and you’ll learn a lot you didn’t realize! I actually surround myself with many non-business and non-tech friends. They opened my eyes to a whole different world out there that complements what I lack.

Humility. Even when you are successful, you need to remember your roots and where you come from. Honestly this is probably the most important because you want to always remember to give back as much as you take. Spread the love and the knowledge, and help out your community! Try to understand them and realize you were once there. Privileged or not, everyone wasn’t born with certainty and confidence. You need to work towards it.

What are your ingredients to success? Do you disagree with any of it?

“I’m going to kick some ass and remind them that I’m fierce.”

Jessica Pearson is QUEEN! If you guys haven’t seen her in Suits or Pearson, you have to watch the show. In the show, Jessica is a badass, head-turning, top-notch Black BOSS in a law firm. Let her be a role model for you all.

A lot have been wondering how to stand out in their internships or what they can do in their now virtual internships. My suggestion is to reach out for a coffee chat or a lunch break call and really get your name out there. It may be difficult at first, but trust me: you’re FIERCE and you just need to believe in it.

When I was the only female intern at my time in Analytic Partners, I didn’t let that stop me. I proceeded to meet up with over 20 employees for coffee chats and lunch breaks to learn about them, the company, and their jobs. I built my spheres of influence. I even got to have a coffee chat with the CEO!

I also didn’t stop there and started Women Wednesdays. Since it was a data analytics consulting firm, it was hard to find women. It was maybe close to 25% of the firm. So I started Women Wednesdays which was a dedicated lunch every other Wednesday open to the women in the firm. Even the Chief People Officer, though male, took note of how it was as a woman in the firm in hopes to make a better experience for the company!

So let’s remind you I was 20 at the time. You don’t need to be 40 and high up in the ranks to start something like this: all it takes is guts to kick ass. You can do this! Make a name for yourself. The worst you get is a no, the best you get is a return offer from your internship for a full time job!

Every Friday, I will be posting a storytime with a lesson or tip. Follow me if you would like more! I also have a YouTube channel focusing on professional development, personal development, and a career & lifestyle in technology consulting!

I also have a YouTube channel focusing on professional development, personal development, and a career & lifestyle in technology consulting!