Life lessons from Hoda Kotb

When Hoda Kotb speaks, you listen. This was certainly the case at today’s keynote address. Going into this address, my expectations were low. I’ve never really been a fan of the Today Show, and I figured she couldn’t possibly have any advice that would help me.

I was pleasantly surprised when she began speaking about her background in the broadcast field. Her stories about being rejected from job after job once she’d graduated from college were not only humorous but also incredibly reassuring. This struggle taught her to be grateful for even the worst jobs because they often lead to better opportunities.

Another piece of advice that Kotb gave that stuck with me is that it helps to hang on to a terrible job for just a little bit longer. This can distinguish young journalists because people tend to quit after having a rough go of things. “Just hang on a minute longer. You can either be happy every other Thursday on payday, or you can be happy every day,” she said.

Her  point of view is interesting because students are taught to self-promote and network in order to discover the next phase in life. Kotb said it’s better to enjoy where you are right now, and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.

Doesn’t that sounds great in theory? Who wouldn’t love to sit back and live for the present? Young professionals are so eager to market their skills and demonstrate competency. Kotb says that this is off-putting and, in most cases, far too aggressive. She has noticed that there are specific ways to self-promote without bragging and without appearing shameless. Figuring out how to do this in a professional setting is a distinguishing factor for young journalists.

Katy Canada


One thought on “Life lessons from Hoda Kotb

  1. I’m of Kotb’s generation and I understand what she is saying but you also don’t want to get stuck in a rut. The difference between your generation and mine is that there are far more opportunities. I think that’s why people of your generation move quicker from job to job. Cable news was in its infancy when I first started. Internships were far more competitive. I stuck it out longer on jobs because there was no where else to go. If more opportunities existed back then I would have left some jobs much sooner. I think a young person should stay at a job as long as you continue to learn and grow. If things feel stagnant and you truly feel you have learned all you can then it’s time to move on.

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