Looking Out For Number One

shawnda mcneal blog number 1

I was always annoyed when people would say “Practice what you preach.” It took me a long time to really wrap my head around the over used phrase. I’m 29, have two radio shows and I’m coordinator of an internship program that feeds 50 students a year. In that internship program, I’m also the personal instructor which means, in addition to my shows, spend my days teaching college students how to be successful in radio.

To be honest, everything I tell them has become a real phobia of mine.

I started in radio at the age of 15. I was determined and wanted nothing more than to become this HUGE radio star and live in New York City or LA. I worked so hard to get where I am today. Although I’ve been successful…I’m still not full filled. As I’m speaking to college students and telling them how to be successful…inside I’m telling myself…”Practice what you Preach.”

The Helper

I’ve always been the helper.

I’m known for giving advice and even allowing others to suck the life right out of me. It doesn’t seem fair. Why do I keep giving my all to others and can’t give my all to myself? Maybe I have a hard time being selfish and self centered? Maybe I allow others to take advantage of me? Or even worse..I don’t even realize it until after the fact.

Look though, I’m not saying we have to be selfish or self centered.  We just have to find a balance and you have to allow yourself to be #1.

What about you?  Do you have a hard time remembering to put yourself before others at times?  Share below in the comments.


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