Five Ways Young Professionals Can Embrace Greatness

ASAE | February 22, 2019 | By: Natasha Rae Bethea

Young Professionals 

It’s easy for young professionals to let fear hold them back when it comes to their careers. But by taking risks, accepting themselves, and speaking up, young professionals can become who they want to be and have the careers they’ve aspired to.

Throughout my career, I have found it difficult to find young professionals who have stepped into their greatness. While I have seen a handful of these rising stars be fearless in getting results and demand to be heard, I have seen more who accept the status quo and stay away from rocking the boat.

And I can relate, because not too long ago that was me. Due to my lack of experience, I did not have much confidence in what I knew or what I was capable of. I also wanted people to feel comfortable in my presence, which required me to tone it down or play the background so others could shine. Soon my frustrations piled up, and I realized that in order to find true fulfillment and happiness in every day, I had to get comfortable in accepting that I am greatness.

This was easier said than done because I really didn’t consider myself outspoken or even a leader. However, something inside of me told me that I was limiting myself and that I was putting on an act that did not truly represent me. Why didn’t I believe in my talents? Why was my voice not important? Why was I afraid to challenge things I did not agree with? Why wasn’t I asking for what I deserve? The answer was simple: I was letting fear determine my steps and actions.

To rise above fear, I followed five tips that helped me discover myself and become the valuable young professional I knew I was meant to be. Consider the following as you embark on your journey to greatness.

Being young doesn’t make you dumb. Being a young professional can be a gift and a curse. You may not be as seasoned as your colleagues, but you may bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table. Finding the confidence to share these ideas can be tough because you may feel like no one is giving you the chance to be awesome. But remember you can bring value. Do your research, take every opportunity to present what you know, and don’t be afraid to demand a seat at the table.

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