When I decided to pursue my APR, I attended the PRSA Detroit APR prep course. It armed me with great information, but I left feeling overwhelmed, and frankly, scared … of failure.

If I was going to achieve my APR, I had to overcome my fear. I sought advice from peers who recently went through the process and I learned that some didn’t pass the first time. It hit home when one person said, “It’s OK to fail!” I knew then that I could overcome my fear. I began to look at the process as a learning experience rather than a reflection of my professional abilities. I constantly reminded myself, “it’s OK to fail,” to alleviate my anxiety and fearlessly work through the process.

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