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In the 10 years I spent working in the television industry, no two days were the same. I’ve interviewed top CEOs and entrepreneurs as a correspondent of an NBC-produced business show, hosted shows for children’s network Nickelodeon, reported pop culture stories for E! News and covered commercial space exploration for PBS.

Yet consistent in all of my experiences was the demand to deliver a stellar product. Through it all, I was fortunate to receive some great advice that I carry with me every day:

  1. Adopt a “make it happen” mentality. Launching a live daily television show is no small undertaking. But back in 2002, this challenge didn’t deter the lean staff of Nickelodeon’s U-Pick Live where I was a co-host and associate producer. Our head producer empowered us to embrace our lack of resources and adopt a “make it happen” attitude of real-time problem solving. Graphic designer out sick? No problem, here’s Photoshop – figure it out. A segment that airs in three minutes was just rejected by Standards & Practices? Okay, rewrite it, right here on the set. Misplaced that music video that the record label sent over? No worries – convince the Grammy Award-winning artist that reenacting the video was her idea. When you adopt a “make it happen” mentality, you shift from solving problems to identifying opportunities.

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