Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3–4 (ESV)

When I graduated from college in the midst of one of the worst economic recessions in history, I was unexpectedly met with a barrage of disappointments. Entering this new season that I expected to be full of opportunities, I suddenly found myself in what felt like an accelerated master class on adult life. Jobs were difficult to find and certainly not as glamorous as I had anticipated. Even though I had been on a budget since middle school, I constantly worried that I would mismanage my money and ruin my life. So dramatic, I know. 

Looking back on it, it is so easy to see God’s hand working everything out on my behalf, but it was so hard in the moment. After about four years out of college, I reached out to an old professor to see if I could visit with his students about what their first few years out of college would be like. He readily agreed, and I now get the opportunity to visit his class once a semester. On my most recent visit, a young woman asked me how I lead people who are older than me. A good question, I thought to myself as I pondered an answer. 

There’s a Post-it note pinned to my cubicle with one of my favorite quotes that says:

Leadership is a choice, not a rank.” 
Simon Sinek 

I shared this quote with the class and told them that there are three things that I have learned that transcend every age and position when working with and leading others: generosity, gratitude, and genuineness. These are things that never grow old and never wear anyone out when displayed out of the overflow of our hearts. 

The first couple of jobs I had right out of college were so rough. Lying, backstabbing, inconsistency, and plain old menial boring work were the norm. However, that season eventually came to an end, and I landed a “dream job.” I know what you’re thinking, and no I am not a secret shopper at Anthropologie or something glamorous like that. It’s the same type of work that I was doing before but at an amazing vision-based company where I get to spend my day-to-day working with truly amazing people. Those rough jobs opened my eyes to see the good things that I absolutely would have missed without those low points. They helped cultivate gratitude in the small things, genuine love for the people around me, and a generous spirit in (almost) all that I do. 

Young or old, whatever work that you do, whoever you lead, being grateful, generous, and genuine will always look good on you and cause others around you to do the same. 


Erin is an up-and-coming, young commercial insurance professional. She is a highly motivated, single working woman who is unafraid to set
big goals or to pursue big dreams for herself and others. In a world where many women find it easy to imitate others, Erin is a fresh face of grace, living as an incredible example by being the best and most unique version of herself. She is unapologetically fashionable and a community-minded influencer. Most importantly, Erin is passionate about her love walk with Jesus.