I have this fear that one day someone will come up to me and say, “Hi! Great job on your career up until this point, but we’re taking everything from you – now you’re broke and jobless. Hope you enjoyed the ride.” It’s a fear of never being established enough to feel comfortable.
Supporting that fear, the idea of being normal or the same as others bothers me. I believe people are doing you a disservice in your career when they tell you to expect what is historically standard. Does that mean I shouldn’t want more for myself? Everyday there are people breaking new ground and defying the norms and expectations set for them. Am I being told that I can’t be one of them?
I’m constantly seeking out inspiration from this generation’s ground breakers, and this week I watched Cosmopolitan’s “Wisdom from 100 Illustrious Women” video on Snapchat Discover. It spoke to my core when Cosmopolitan Editor in Chief Joanna Coles said, “It’s really important to try hard and to try harder than you’re probably already trying. And when you think you’re trying as hard as you can, up your game up a bit.”
Maybe that’s what we should be telling each other when it comes to setting goals. “It’s really important to try hard and to try harder than you’re probably already trying. And when you think you’re trying as hard as you can, up your game up a bit.”
Wherever you net out, it’s not for lack of trying.