Tags: becoming a leader, climbing the ladder
I talk a lot about career goals and ambitions, how I’ve done my homework and know what I need to do on paper in order to get to the next level in my career. To be perfectly honest, I’ve felt discouraged as of late in trying to obtain my goals. It wouldn’t be the first time. Through my career, I have learned to take criticism and bumps in the road. My path has not been as clear as I had planned it out to be, but I’ve done pretty well for myself. But I still find that I have to prove that I am as deserving as I think I am of moving forward. Such is life.
So that’s why when I was asked to speak on a panel about digital media, I was truly touched. Sure it was only for an audience of about 40 or 50 people, but the very fact that I was selected by an outside company to sit amongst other professionals to speak as an expert on this work was an honor, and good practice. Because that is my goal. I want to inspire others. I believe that I am a natural born leader, and opportunities to prove that can be hard to come by.
I don’t know if it’s an ageist thing, or just because of the way I carry myself, but I know I am outspoken. I know I am not a conventional professional. I can be very blunt, very loud, but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen. While in my adult life I have learned to take criticism, that doesn’t mean I don’t get offended when my expertise is trivialized. I have worked hard to get to where I am, and I know I have a lot to learn. But I also have a lot to offer. I will continue to learn from others, both veterans and newbies, because I don’t see how you can grow otherwise.
And I will keep on taking opportunities like these, for my own personal growth and with the hope that others recognize how much I have grown, what I have to offer, and my go-getter attitude that keeps me hungry for more.