>For seven years, when I worked as a TV news producer, I didn’t really wait for results. Sure, we had the ratings four times a year, but our station did well as a whole, and when I had a newscast for a while, the ratings usually seemed to go up. I never felt like I could take full responsibility for the increase, but I felt good about it. Still, my focus was not on what would give the ‘cast strong ratings, it was on reporting the news well, on giving people information they could use, accurately and without bias.
Now, I’m in public relations, a field where I’m constantly waiting for results. You throw a party or put on a show, and it’s not just about how well it’s done, it’s about how many people come, how much money is spent, and what’s being said about it. I chose to move into this field, and I enjoy a lot of what I do. Sometimes I feel good about my results, at least until someone tells me that it should have been better.
When I feel badly about the results, I feel that I have let everyone around me down.
So, basically, I’ve lost the good feeling I had at the end of a newsday, where the work was its own reward, and I think that’s affected my mental and physical health.
I can’t go back to the news. I didn’t think I burned any bridges when I left, but apparently I did. My new career in public relations is the only one I have, for better or worse. All I can do is my best, even if it’s not always good enough.
How does what you do affect your overall well-being?