Slow down, you crazy child.

Work-life balance. It’s funny how many millennials and Gen Zers I interview rank work-life balance as one of the top 3 things they’re looking for in their careers, but yet when asked, they can’t tell me what that means to them. It begs the question, do they really not know or are they too afraid to be honest? Has Corporate America created a culture where we fear expressing what work-life balance means to us because it could be misconstrued as negative work ethic?

But there were lessons learned.

Five years ago today on May 2, 2014, the day before my 22 birthday and a week before my college graduation, I found myself sitting in an insurance office being interviewed for a liability claims job. To be honest, I really didn’t know what the job I was interviewing for entailed, and either that manager didn’t realize how clueless I really was or he recognized that I wasn’t just blowing smoke when I said I was a hard worker. Regardless of why he offered me the job on the spot, he did. I think he made the right decision since I’m still employed there. I’ve learned so much over the last 5 years and today I’d like to share with you the top 5 lessons I’ve learned.