Dana Perino may not be a household name, but she is certainly a political force to be reckoned with. She was the White House Press Secretary and worked under the 43rd president George W. Bush from 2007 to 2009. She now serves as a political commentator for Fox News. She also recently published her book entitled And the Good News Is…Lessons and Advice From the Bright Side.
Perino was born a small town girl from Evanston, Wyoming, but grew up in Denver, Colorado. She worked hard in high school and in college, obtaining a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois Springfield. She worked her way up in Washington, eventually going from spokesperson for the Department of Justice to the White House Press Secretary.
While Perino is a busy woman in the political world, there are many things that we can learn from her crazy, but successful, life. While there are many more than four, we have listed four things that anyone can relate to and learn from Dana Perino.
What Can We Learn From Dana Perino?
1. Always Go for the Job! Although Perino gained her success fairly quickly, she was still very doubtful as she went for her interview for her first press secretary job. She was applying for something that was not her major, she did not have much experience, and she was worried that she was not qualified. The lesson is, she went for it and got the job. Even though she was scared about the results. So even though that job may seem out of your league, go for it and try it! You will never know unless you give it a shot.
2. You Can Never Be Too Prepared. Dana Perino would most definitely call herself a compulsive preparer, but she never disappointed President Bush. The president commended the secretary for her obsession, because whenever he was asked the really hard questions from reporters or press, he was always prepared with Perino by his side. So for those who feel like they over prepare for everything or are an organization freak, do not be ashamed. You can never be too prepared for whatever the world throws at you, or whatever the press may ask you for that matter.
3. Gain Other’s Trust and Loyalty. Over time, Perino gained President Bush’s trust, and in return, she gained his. They developed a loyal relationship, which resulted in a strong friendship and bond. Because of Perino’s loyalty on her part, she can now use Bush as a recommendation and goes to him for professional advice. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. That is one heck of a recommendation. If you stay loyal to your co workers, boss, friends, family, etc., you never know where it may lead you. Or what opportunities may be given to you simply because you were loyal and trustworthy.
4. Be Aware. Whether this means being aware of your surroundings, aware of what is going on around you, or aware of who you interact with, constantly be on alert. You do not want to instantly trust someone, you need to gain that trust mutually. There are also people that will use you in one way or another, whether it be to further their career, to use you as a friend only when they need you, for your money and wealth, for your smarts, whatever it is. There will be people that want to use your gifts or talents to their advantage. In Perino’s job, she must constantly be alert and have her eyes wide open to what the media and social components are saying and doing. She must choose words wisely and not blurt out what she is thinking. She composes herself professionally. Do the same and be aware of who you are dealing with and what is going on around you.
Want More Dana Perino Advice?
Dana Perino offers a course titled “Career and Life Lessons for Success and Joy” on Udemy. This course is geared towards those who are transitioning careers or even someone who is struggling to make a career decision. Interested?