Be Your First Supporter of Personal Growth
When looking for an internship, you can get so overwhelmed with excitement, anxiety and more often than not, rejection. It can be really difficult to keep yourself from becoming discouraged and throwing in the towel all together when faced with rejection. This was a really hard pill for me to swallow when I was going through what seemed to be a never-ending search for the “perfect fit” internship. Agency A was too small for me, Agency B had a structure too uptight for my liking, I wasn’t advanced or educated enough for Agency C; the list of excuses grew longer and longer as to why a particular internship wouldn’t work for me. I was trying so hard to keep myself from experiencing rejection, but what I wasn’t realizing was that I was keeping myself from experiencing acceptance.
When I first came across redpepper’s intern website, I was so in awe of how trendy it was that I immediately thought “I, in no way, compare to the coolness of this agency, I’ll just keep looking,” but after a few minutes of browsing on the intern website then on the main site, I discovered redpepper’s core values. The five core values are the basis of redpepper’s culture and when put together, these values all drive as one to enhance and expand a singular focus: personal growth.
This really struck a chord with me and I had an almost light bulb-like moment. If an agency’s main focus would be to support my personal growth throughout my internship, I needed to be my first and strongest supporter. I had not been actively supporting myself or my growth and I was ultimately holding myself back from opportunity. Wayne Gretzky said “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” and I wasn’t even attempting to take a shot. My entire mindset changed in that moment and I applied to become a redpepper intern. Fast forward a couple of months and I’m currently sitting in Wonderland, redpepper’s café, writing this blog post.
My time here at redpepper so far has been amazing. It has been above and beyond what I imagined it would be. I’m constantly learning, changing, petting the sweetest puppies and refilling my coffee cup on the way to meetings. This internship has been more than I ever could have asked for. So my advice to you, future peppers, is take the leap. Be your biggest supporter! You never know what you can accomplish until you try and trust me, this internship is worth a shot.
Maggy Brown, rp Client Services intern, Blakely, GA