Week 63: Mentally Maximizing- #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 63 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS ”
I’ll never forget one of my first being networking events where I basically winged it solo and had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I had just been elected a few weeks prior to the board of that very said networking organization and was a few months into my first big job out of college. I was nervous, and looking back at it, I knew it showed.
Fast forward to the other night at one of the many networking events I was going to, and even though I had entered the room by myself, I had begun to know and become acquainted with people who seemed like perfect strangers either by word-of-mouth or association. Within a year, my social and professional network had rapidly expanded. I smiled nostalgically as I talked to a new acquaintance who had the same deer-in-a-headlights look that I had at my first event and we talked as I encouraged her to keep coming and putting herself out there.
This week, I was thinking about what it means to be proud of who you are and what you do, and how to showcase this whether you’re explaining what you do to complete strangers or people who you know quite intimately but may just not understand what you do (hi, Grandma). The most important lesson being that you can and should certainly be modest and humble. After all, even if you’re the CEO of your own multimillion dollar company, you’re not Supreme Emperor of the Western Hemisphere to all the plebeians who snivel at your shiny loafers.
The second important lesson is for those who take it too far and are just a tad too humble. Don’t mentally minimize who you are and what you do in your own mind. This will come out when you speak out loud about what you do. You deserve to take up space in whatever arena you find yourself in. Hold your head up high and know when that you shine with your personal brand, you can help others rise to the occasion and use that light to help others shine.
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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.
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