I may have been too young for my first team.
Too inexperienced to head up a department.
Too rash when leading agencies.
Too over-the-top in my celebrations.
Too ready with my opinions.
Too sincere in my criticisms.
I may have been too generous when closing deals.
Too honest when doing business.
Too naive when choosing partners.
And way too hard on myself.
(I have a couple of tattoos to remind me of that).
I’ve worked in almost all of them* (1).
I’ve penned campaigns for almost all of them* (2).
I’ve won almost all of them* (3).
I’ve pitched with – and against – almost all of them* (4).
I’ve been on the jury for almost all of them* (5).
And I’ve come to understand that every time you face a new one of these* (6), whatever you may have been is no help at all.
Well, almost no help.
1* (networks), 2* (clients), 3* (awards), 4* (creatives), 5* (festivals), 6* (project).