Successful Professional Impact

Stop Trying To Be Perfect

Talented women who want to get ahead hold themselves back. Success is a process, not an event. If you are looking for perfection, you will always tell yourself you’re a failure simply because you imprison yourself in the unreachable. It is far too easy to look at others and think of their polished look and compare yourself to them. Indeed, some skills come with less effort than others, but it is unlikely to achieve much without hard work. But this is your story, not someone else’s.

Being perfect is unattainable. Rarely do people step into perfection; they fail several times to refine their skills over time. Therefore, prioritize where your time should go and what activities need doing first.

Risk-Taking

Being conscious of risk and planning to avoid it at all costs limits your options. Fear of failing will stop you from putting yourself forward. Mark Twain famously wrote, “I have had many worries in my life, most of which never happened.” If you worry about what will go wrong, you miss the view of what could go right.

Be Excited About A New Challenge

List the risks. What could go wrong in one column, and what could go right in the other column. Will you feel happier maintaining the status quo or taking a risk. Can the risk be broken into an incremental journey where decisions are made along the way?

One of my greatest life lessons was looking at the skills I did not possess and how the endeavor would bring a better version of myself.

Face Adversity

I experienced a very tragic period of my life a few years ago. It tested all my weaknesses to the extreme, and there were many periods I felt broken by the loss I had endured. But at the same time, I was forced to face challenges I typically would have shied away from. With no escape, I was amazed at how I stood with so much resilience and pride. I knew I was doing the right thing. Adversity has many opportunities within it. Winning is about ensuring you use adversity and failures as learning opportunities and tools for your future.

Question

I have always respected people who aren’t afraid to question me, tell me when I am going wrong, and educate me more—thinking strategically means looking at the wider picture and how it can affect the company as a whole. Don’t be afraid to present your leaders with new information to help them make better decisions. Be centered in your approach.

Initiative

Taking the initiative is an admirable quality I see in younger and older spirited women. No matter what your education, the quality of taking the initiative will always make you shine. You may often not be welcomed by those who would rather you stay small and keep your ideas to yourself, but then you have to ask, is that the right place for you?

Attitude

Be a woman who doesn’t talk about the problems and finds blame but looks for the solutions. Be someone others look to as a source of ideas and advice. This doesn’t mean you have to be the most outspoken, just one with the insight and vision.