According to Dictionary.com, there are 2 similar definitions for the word “veteran”.
The first one is “a person who has served in a military force, especially one who has fought in a war.”
The second definition is “a person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like.”
Most of us think of the military definition first, but let’s take a look at the other definition. Many of the virtual assistants in today’s industry are veterans of the administrative professional world. These virtual assistants have been in the trenches, so to speak. They’ve had to adapt to constant changes in schedules and calendars, learn new technology quickly, and deal with many different personalities in the workplace.
Most virtual assistants have battled with scheduling multiple events or meetings within a small window of time. They’ve also battled with travel plans, time zones, canceled flights, and last-minute hotel arrangements, not to mention dinner reservations.
All veterans rely on their initiative and past knowledge to get through difficult times, but not only get through them, but succeed and conquer. Most virtual assistants wearing business attire don’t look like they’re ready for battle, but the real battle is in their ability and capability to accept all challenges and complete the mission or goal.
The virtual assistant takes on the goals and missions of everyone she works for and it is her efforts and coordination that result in success – completing the project(s) on time or failure – lack of leadership on her part to fuse everyone together and meet the goal.
This month we celebrate Veterans Day. I believe this day should be dedicate to the military veterans, who gave so much of their time, talent, and lives to ensure peace and prosperity for all of us. Many of them died or received serious injuries, but they still believe in what they did and would probably do it all over again.
While I’m not comparing a virtual assistant’s day to a day of fighting on the combat lines, I am drawing some similarities between the two. They share many of the same traits. Perseverance, patience, perspiration, preparation, partnering, providing, planning, and pursuing their missions are key to their success.
There are no pins or medals for virtual assistants, but they continue to provide services, because they enjoy the challenges and have a strong need to assist businesses to grow and develop. They are committed to providing specific services that businesses need saving business owners money and equipment fees.
I urge all of you to take time on Veterans Day to extend a “thank you” to those, who have served us well during difficult times. I also encourage you to reach out to virtual assistants. They have expertise in many areas. If you’re looking for help on a project, they can facilitate the project. If you’re looking for a new career, speak to a virtual assistant and they can tell you about the benefits and perks of being a virtual assistant.