There are women who aspire to have a great career and there are women who have either given up or never had a dream to reach out to the big role. Many of us are happy to step back and raise kids sacrificing our career; many didn’t have an option. Many didn’t know they had it in them and many never got a chance to prove it.
This blog is focused on those who still want to and can make it happen.
Have you ever thought how did some of the world’s most powerful women manage to progress in their careers while also enjoying life outside work?
I have 8 tips how you can thrive in your career too.
- Conquer your fears –We are surrounded by fears like – am I being a good mother, can I maintain work-life balance, what about promotion – all of these feelings just lead to lack of confidence and feeling of inadequacy. Start believing in yourself, start believing in the fact that Indra Nooyi (CEO Pepsi Co) or Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon) is not born with any super natural powers. And yes they have families too. Wear your confidence every day. With some effort and planning all these challenges can be easily managed
- Believe in yourself– Understand your potential, your abilities and embrace your “u ness”. Reject the idea that a man can only be the bread winner. I know our society looks down upon men who choose to manage home while the woman takes care of the finances. But what’s the big deal. Your next step is to be your own role model and compete for your better self. Read a personal effectiveness book or join a program, but know yourself.
- Don’t be too tough on yourself– That self guilt of indulging in things we love; ignoring our pre-defined priorities once in a while is needed. Don’t try and fit everything in 24hrs of each day. You can’t be perfect on both aspects: career or home, don’t fret if you missed a birthday party with your child. Use time management tools to plan how to prioritize and classify between URGENT and IMPORTANT.
- Find a Mentor– It’s very vital, find your go to person, a trusted advisor who can help you shape your perspective. Someone who can share their wisdom and experiences and listen to your stories, someone you can seek advice and ask questions.
- Spend time with yourself– 24/7 plugged in culture, it’s important to have time for self-introspection. Meditate or take a walk or sit back and relax yourself with a good read – seek moments to be with yourself. Save yourself from the burn out. Pursue your hobby.
- If you “want it”, go for it– Don’t let someone “Stop you”: If you want something you have all the right to “want it”. But beware; because you are a woman you would be questioned more often on your abilities. Don’t be afraid to fail and learn, be afraid of not trying at all. This one is hard to follow – but don’t let criticism get you down.
- Take Risk– Life is not a fairy tale, let me tell you, growth and comfort don’t go hand in hand. Don’t chicken out to stretch a few muscles. Go for the opportunity, ask for raise, and negotiate. Be courageous enough to ask for what you want and be confident enough that you deserve to ask for it.
- Power of Networking – Don’t have to go to every networking event, but when you do make time for it make sure you are going in with a goal, knowing exactly who will be there and who you want to talk to, and spending time introducing yourself to others, rather than just listening to the speaker and taking off immediately afterwards.
Great careers are not a legacy, take ownership of your achievements, development and ambition. There is no limit to what you can accomplish. And remember if you do it well, it will encourage women around you to believe that they can do it too. Let’s create our own pathway for leadership.