Over the course of my life, I’ve been told that I’m resourceful. In brainstorming topics to write for this piece, I realized that all those who made that statement are correct — I am indeed resourceful because I have knowledge in a variety of areas, and that knowledge comes in handy when navigating the land of adulthood. There are some things I’m quite grateful I know about, and if you know about any of these (or more!), you should be grateful as well.
Having started out my career in the insurance industry, I learned all about how insurance works — and I can help others navigate it. I earned licensing that makes my resume unique, and as a requirement of my work as an insurance agent I also had to earn the designation of notary public. Because of this, I was able to make insurance cheat sheets on auto and fire insurance, just for all of you.
I grew up surrounded by the automotive industry. By default, I learned a lot about cars — including the basics of how to purchase a car, how to navigate the motor vehicle system, how to know when a car needs to be repaired (in certain instances, I’m no expert by any means) and even developed an appreciation for certain makes and models. And yes, once again, I was able to share my father’s automotive expertise with all of you!
Banking and Credit
The insurance company I worked for also sold bank products, which provided me with another great adulting opportunity: having to learn about said bank products so that I could sell them. I am also thankful to my parents here too — they ensured that I learned about credit early on and helped me apply for my first auto loan. Now, I can proudly say that all of the credit that shows up on a report is my own.
While I am certainly not in the market to become a parent anytime soon, I’ve learned how to somewhat take care of kids thanks to spending time with my cousins’ kids. I’ve had to act as adult supervision for my young cousins on several occasions, and I’ve found new and exciting ways to relate to them. I’ve learned an awful lot about Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse — and find myself thinking about how much kids’ TV has changed in 20 years.
Writing and Editing
Well, this one is par for the course. But, writing for a living comes in handy, especially when my knowledge of writing and editing can help others. I’ve been called on in several occasions to proofread an important email, to have a look at a letter, you name it, I’ve done it.
These are just some of the many examples of how to look at your past experiences, both those you enjoyed and those you may not have enjoyed, as learning experiences. We can bet that you learned more from them than you may have originally realized! Share some of your learning experiences with us in the comments — we’d love to learn some of your skills as well!