Interview With Kathryn Schotthoefer - How To Live Big At Work
By Chelsea Szabo
Kathryn Schotthoefer is a powerful entertainment & lifestyle marketer with experience developing programs for the world’s largest film, TV, SVOD and digital media brands, as well as Fortune 100 companies. Throughout her career, she’s stayed committed to living big at work.
How do you define "living big at work"?
Living big at work is having control over your own life and your career. It’s being respected by people you respect within your field. It’s looking ahead, knowing where you want to go and having the hustle to get there.
What is the difference between someone living big at work vs. someone living small?
Living big looks different to everyone, but at its core, living big is working for yourself - even if you’re employed by a big corporation. Regardless, of where the paycheck comes from, you do work in your day-to-day that you find satisfying: intellectually, emotionally, creatively, and professionally. If you’re living small, you’re just a cog in someone else’s machine.
Everyone has the ability to live big, however he or she defines it. The key to getting there is understanding what living big means to you personally, on a philosophical level, and being open to following it – while putting in the hard work that makes it a reality.
What tips would you give a woman who wants to start living bigger at work?
1. Build your natural confidence. Knowing who you are and the value that you offer is at the core of building a successful career. Just like you, it will evolves and grows over time. Remind yourself of your value often and, while it is important to listen to constructive criticism, resist the urge to internalize it. When you first start out in a career, confidence can feel a bit forced, but with experience and reinforcement from success, it will become second nature. When you reach this level of confidence, you won’t ask yourself “Can I do this?”, but “How do I make this happen?” Confidence is essential to embrace big risks, which is the precursor to big rewards.
2. Discover your values & stick to them. Knowing your values and sticking to them is incredibly important in everything you do – especially in your career. This can often mean making difficult - and unpopular - decisions like turning down a project or client, declining to engage with negative people, or taking a public stand against something that conflicts with your values. Each time you honor your values with your actions, it will reinforce your confidence and commitment.
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