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weekly pill of mid-career growth wisdom Dec 01, 2023

As someone who has worked hard to establish a successful career, you know how important it is to constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. However, you may have also noticed that your reluctance to take risks has been holding you back from achieving even greater success.

I want to share with you the story of a manager just like you - let's call her Rachel. Rachel has been working in her industry for over 15 years and has achieved a great deal of success, rising through the ranks to become a respected and accomplished leader. However, despite her impressive track record, Rachel has been feeling increasingly stuck in her career in recent years. She knows that she has more to offer, but she's not sure how to communicate her value effectively to others.

Rachel's struggle with risk-taking was a big part of the problem. She had always been someone who preferred to play it safe, sticking with what she knew rather than taking on new challenges that might have the potential for failure.

This had worked well for her early in her career, but as she moved up the ranks, she found that she was increasingly being passed over for opportunities that required more of a risk-taking mindset.

At first, Rachel didn't see the connection between her fear of risk-taking and her lack of career growth. She assumed that if she continued to work hard and produce results, she would eventually be recognized and rewarded for her efforts.

However, as time went on, she began to realize that her reluctance to take risks was sending the wrong message to others - namely, that she wasn't willing to step up and take on new challenges.

This realization was a turning point for Rachel. She knew that if she wanted to continue to grow and thrive in her career, she would need to start taking more risks and embracing new opportunities. However, she also knew that this would require her to communicate her value more effectively to others.

It wasn't easy, but over time, she started taking on new projects and initiatives that pushed her out of her comfort zone, and she found that she was able to communicate her value more effectively to others, whether in networking situations or in interviews. As a result, her career began to take off once again, and she found that she was able to achieve even greater success than she had before.

If Rachel's story resonates with you, I encourage you to take a closer look at your own relationship with risk-taking. Are there opportunities that you've been passing up because of a fear of failure? Are there areas where you could be taking more risks and stepping outside your comfort zone?

I'm curious here! Tell me if you communicate your value well.
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