I came across the meaning of “worth” recently after reading Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). First off, If you haven’t heard of Mindy Kaling, you probably live under a rock and need to crawl out from under it right now. She started her TV career writing and starring in The Office as Kelly Kapoor. The writer/actress has taken off over the past few years since her lead role on The Mindy Project, which she writes and produces.

Mindy’s book talked about her life growing up as a pudgy Indian girl while watching comedy shows instead of going to the mall with her girlfriends. She was bothered by being different once she realized comedy was her passion. That would lead to landing her dream job through much trial and error.

Mindy and her best friend starred in a New York comedy sketch show that featured Mindy as Matt Damon and her friend as Ben Affleck. Weird, I know, but weird worked for her. She was approached by her future agent that led her a staff writing position for NBC’s The Office. Matt Damon would be proud.

She constantly fought with the other writers about what was funny enough to make the scripts and believed her material was just as good if not better. She was kicked out of the room on numerous occasions for standing her ground.

Although Mindy might’ve seemed like a hot head, she knew her worth as a writer and colleague. Taking no for an answer was not an option, even if it meant crying outside of her office building. Her ideas may not have always been great, but she was persistent towards maintaining respect amongst her fellow writers.

Worth. The dictionary defines it as “the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held.” Worth is important in all aspects of life, but I’m relating it specifically to how you define success, whether it’s through your job, relationships, or social life.

You don’t have to be a writer for an Emmy-winning TV show to feel like your job is the most important job in the world. You can be a doctor, a receptionist, even a gardner. Knowing your worth is the first step towards loving what you do and not settling for the minimum.

Life is not as meaningful without a sense of progress. You’re in charge of setting expectations, working towards bettering yourself, and learning as you go.

Want to learn more about Mindy? Check out her new book, Why Not Me?, which is next on my reading list.

Oh, and if you’re reading this Mindy, let’s hang out and get froyo sometime. Tweet me: @honeyymia. But seriously.

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