I’ve learned a lot of things in the DFSCC office. From how to assemble throw pillows on a couch to how to write a press release, much of my knowledge comes from my big sis/BFF/mentor, Dorothy. But one of the greatest lessons I learned from sitting under her wisdom through the years has been: attitude is everything.

Having a good attitude is the most important attribute you can have in the professional world. People will forget the projects you worked on or the articles you wrote, but they always remember your attitude. Do the small things with as much grace as you would the big things. That will stick to every person you come in contact with; from the CEO to the office manager.

In marketing and public relations, you wear a lot of hats. You can’t allow your position to define your role. Work needs to be done and it takes all hands, always. I remember when Dorothy and I were planning a huge after-party for a very important national client. It was just the two of us as we were tearing down until 3am after working a 20-hour day, which sounds miserable, but honestly it was pretty fun. We laughed, joked around, and danced (probably to Call Me Maybe, it was 2012 after all. . .) as we packed up 65 arrangements of orchids. We even designated the hashtag #orchidfilledgrassland, and to this day whenever either of us is stressed we’ll simply text that to each other and it automatically brings back memories of that day. Anyway, the work was work, but our attitudes made it a memory. And one that we love laughing about.

What is a #girlboss attitude to me? A #girlboss attitude is always working harder than you did the day before. You can take criticism but never let it define you and you never take yourself too seriously. So whether you are getting coffee or sitting at the head of a table at the board meeting, have an attitude. A really good one.