Because there is no need to re-invent the wheel, and I certainly don’t mind giving credit where credit is due, I would like to share this timely advice from Stephanie Chick and Marshall Goldsmith with all of you:
1. Pick a career path that stirs your soul. Trust what comes from inside. Don’t let the opinions and actions of others hinder your success and happiness. After all, it does happen to be your life???not theirs!
2. Realize that any path you choose will involve trade-offs. Understand the trade-offs and accept the price that comes with any career decision.
3. Make peace with your own humanity. Do the best you can, but don’t feel like you have to be a role model for all of the women and African Americans who have ever lived. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help when you need it. Give to yourself as much as you give to others. That’s all anyone should be expected to do.
4. Recognize that you have your own unique genius. That is, your special blend of values, passions, and strengths that can significantly affect your company’s success. Take risks and seek out opportunities to best utilize your skills and talents.
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