“ WEEK 122 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS “
When does an opportunity become less of a responsibility and more of a burden? How can we identify when we’ve hit a dead end instead of just a bump in the road? There are four questions we can ask ourselves to determine whether we should drive down the road anyway or make a turn in the other direction as quickly as we can.
Who will this opportunity give you access to? If you’re seeking to take a new position at your current job that will give you a chance to rub shoulders with senior management, then go for it. If a chance to network with new people appears, take the chance. Everyone knows someone who knows someone.
What skills can you bring to this opportunity? With a fresh outlook or a unique set of abilities, you can turn around what appears to be a dead end. If the same kinds of people with the same perspective and abilities keep on trying to solve a problem, they may miss out on that key outlook to change the situation.
When will this opportunity advance your career? There may be a clear timeline for growth. Seize the opportunity if that timeline is identifiable and quantitative. You can ask people who have been in similar positions for advice about the path they’ve taken and why. You can choose to be inspired and follow similar paths, or you can be so inspired that you decide to pave your own.
Ultimately: what do you have to lose? There will be risks no matter what you do. You cannot have it all. You shouldn’t even try to or else you’ll drive yourself crazy. Ask yourself if the risks will outweigh the benefits. If the idea of taking the chance feels right to you emotionally (it excites you and you’re passionate about it!) and logically (you have the talent!), then combine the passion and your drive and keep going.
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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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