Everyone has a fear: heights, spiders, the ground opening up and swallowing you whole. (OK, maybe that’s just me.)
But fears at work can be particularly debilitating. What if I fail? What if I’m not good enough? What if the ground opens up and swallows my cubicle whole?
Letting fear get the best of you at your job can keep you from getting the recognition that you deserve—whether it hinders you from nabbing a promotion or stops you from applying for more challenging positions.
So what’s a timid (yet ambitious) person to do? We talked to successful CEOs, entrepreneurs and other go-getter titans at the top to hear about the take charge moves that got them ahead in their careers.
Don’t Be Afraid to … Let Others Challenge You
You should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. If you partner with those who can elicit a debate and shed new light on things that you may never have thought of, it will make your idea, product or service that much stronger.
—Marc Sampogna, CEO/founder of Canopy Brand Group
Don’t Be Afraid to … Ask for Help
—Troy Hazard, entrepreneur and author of Future-Proofing Your Business
Don’t Be Afraid to … Take Risks
It may sound counterintuitive, but you can spend years analysing every detail of your business plan and never pull the trigger. When intuition tells you that you have a winning idea—even if you don’t know every single detail—just get going on implementing it!
When my daughter, Ariana, and I launched Superstar Nail Lacquer, I had no idea how to manufacture and package the product. But I still started the business, figuring it out along the way—and it all came together quickly. In the past, I have missed out on some very big opportunities while waiting for the perfect conditions … but not anymore.
—Stacia Pierce, founder of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises
Don’t Be Afraid to … Seek Out a Mentor
One of the best ways to get out of a career rut is to find a mentor or surround yourself with highly motivated people in your field. Sometimes all we need is to talk to someone who has been through the same circumstances. Encouragement is a great motivator—and having someone hold you accountable for progress can be the fuel that you need to achieve newer and loftier goals.
—Wendy McMonigle, owner of WM Design House
Don’t Be Afraid to … Show Your Passion
—Chad Johnson: CEO/founder of Lady Jane’s
Don’t Be Afraid to … Make Mistakes
—David Simnick, CEO and cofounder of SoapBox Soaps
Don’t Be Afraid to … Trust Your Instinct
You can’t make a bad decision—unless you do something unethical!—so long as it moves you in the direction that fills you up. And if you start down a path that turns out to be wrong, you can always course-correct. That’s the power of being fearless.
—Jane Miller, founder of JaneKnows.com
This story was originally published by LearnVest.
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