As you look to advance in your career, it will require flexing that “risk muscle.” Is it worth the uncomfortable feeling of stretching yourself beyond the norm? One business woman says “YES” in all caps.
My latest book Accelerate Your Impact is all about finding the sweet spot between influence and impact and offers concrete guidance to help you get there. Noelle, a freelance Reality TV Producer, left a wonderful review on Amazon after having read the book. In part she says:
How do I know ACCELERATE YOUR IMPACT is working? I’m doing things I have never done before, but always kind of thought I was doing… like networking. Honestly, I was mentoring millennials left and right and this book has helped me realize – I need mentors too! And as I started to reach-out to EVPs and Executive Producers, I realized I’ve never really done this and followed through with people I admire. Last week, I initiated and hounded a very intimidating EP, to let me bring her coffee. I could tell in her emails that she was like…ugh, sure. She spent over an hour with me and gave me honest, valuable feedback on our wack-o industry.
It took courage for Noelle to reach out to the Executive Producer and suggest a coffee meeting but clearly it worked.
What ways can you stretch your risk muscle to help advance your career? Consider:
- Projects that are completely within your wheelhouse and play to your strengths
- Projects that may require a little extra effort and/or collaboration to achieve
- Projects that scare you to death. These are the projects that will help build your risk muscle.
Doing the same thing everyday may be a way to keep your head above water but if you want to take on new projects, seek leadership positions or run the company – it will require a little risk muscle. I hope you’ll consider checking out my book, Accelerate Your Impact to assist you in your journey.
JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.