Something I never believed until I experienced it
I still remember the first time my boss offered me the job of Resource Manager. It was a step up the ladder but one that I was afraid to take. I used my undergrad studies and my young son as an excuse to turn it down, but the truth was that I was afraid that I might not be ready to take on that challenge quite yet.
The second time my boss offered me the job, he was ready to not give me a chance to turn it down. He wanted me to take it because he believed that I was ready for the challenge and would live up to it. Only this time I was ready and roaring to go. I had watched my predecessor do a completely botched up job of trying to keep it together and run a department whose business she did not even understand. Deep down inside I knew I was ready and I wanted that challenge.
Until I stepped up to the plate and started to bat in earnest, I don’t think that I was really sure of how I was going to handle it. But once I got into the game and into the swing of things, it seemed the most natural thing to do. I worked harder than I had ever worked in my entire life but I had never been happier either. I could see the bottom line impact of my work and that of my department and it only made me want to do better each month. I was competing against myself, aiming for improvement, new learning and new challenge.
I would probably always define this as the turning moment in my career. The moment when I gained the faith in myself that its ok to bite off more than I ‘think’ I can chew because at the end of the day, I will chew it and digest it and be better than any other in it.