Facing Your Fears (in the professional world)

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Last week, I came across an opportunity that really sparked my interest. And usually, when I’m excited  about or heavy interested in something, I send a note directly to who is in charge not just human resources.  In this case, the department head happened to be the CEO. 

After seeing the posting, I began milling over if it is appropriate to reach out to the CEO. 

Then, over the course of 48 hours, I penned, edited, and re-edited an email, each time building up more courage.

Right before I hit send, I said to myself, “Are you really going to be this bold?” — I mean my subject title was, Why I’m Your Next Director. Then I told myself what I usually tell myself when facing these types of cold call outreach, what really do I have to lose? 

Now I sit here coming off the adrenaline of hitting send and wondering why I even thought twice. 

We are taught to fear/shun authority, particularly in the workplace. Instead of going straight to the person with decision-making authority, we pick the person with substantially less power for safety and comfort. Hoping that if the result is not in our favor, at least, the blow is softer. But when we do this, we limit ourselves to what could be. 

Maybe this exact situation doesn’t relate to you but my point is — if you don’t try, you will never know. If you don’t put yourself out there, then you will never reap the benefits of what could be.

I knew I didn’t have the exact amount of preferred years of experience for the role. But by not taking the initiative to make myself standout, I’m already setting myself up for failure. I’m hard working, diligent, resourceful, and most importantly, I believe in me. All experience isn’t equal and more years doesn’t make you better qualified. What it all boils down to is you.

The next time you are faced with a daring, nerve wrecking decision, know that only two outcomes can happen and only one that could make a difference. Believe in yourself and be audacious.