Someone Already Hates You, Even If You Just Started
There is perhaps nothing more delusional than showing up as a new face or project onto a field and just expecting everyone to judge you based purely upon your merit or your quality and not who you know or what you represent to them (i.e. a threat). That’s right: in the real world mediocre people get the most accolades, and hard-workers can be ignored or vilified just cause. Them’s the breaks, kid. Friends hire friends (or friends of friends), the people in charge can be irrational and vindictive, and nearly every single field has a toxic troll-type, a secret saboteur, and a magic golden child (and often they are the same person! And they are loved! Because they did one thing that was kind of entertaining that one time!). For this reason, Lana taught me the importance of entering any field or workplace neutrally, but armed with the knowledge that no field is ever what it seems.
Everyone Is Out to Take Your Money
This category could also be called: How To Be An Adult. Really, the amount of times that I have seen Lana catch people who have tried to snake more money out of her than was necessary IS SO NUMEROUS AND SO DELIGHTFUL. Seeing how she laughs off the fact that people are trying (and failing) at taking advantage of her and others at every corner is a lesson in adulthood in and of itself. Figuring out that, when you grow up, everyone in business is trying to make more money off you than they should is not always obvious. But if you plan on being a stable, conscious human being out in the world, it is very essential. Not getting screwed over in the world requires a kind of consumer vigilance and a willingness to advocate for yourself when no one else will (or will for a reasonable price) and this is Lana Al-Resheed’s speciality and her secret super-power. She’s a one-woman-show and she makes sure that everyone knows she can’t be fooled.