“Obviously they have some experienced guys who have been here before but why not us this year?” — Stephen Curry
Last night, after watching the Western Conference Finals, NBA MVP Stephen Curry was interviewed by an ESPN reporter and was asked if the Warriors are ready to take on LeBron and the Cavaliers (paraphrased). Now, Curry has spent all season proving that he can stand up to any test and he came out of the regular season being recognized as the nation’s (possibly the world’s) premier basketball player. So why are they asking him if he’s ready for LeBron? Shouldn’t they be redirecting that question? Why? Because, in our society, experience speaks to likelihood of success. But no successful person believes that in the beginning because it only takes that one opportunity to build a tradition of achievement.
So why not you? Why don’t you take the initiative in the office to read more articles that will spark your mind? Why don’t you bring new ideas to the table that may change the path of your company forever? What makes someone who has been there for 23 years better than you? True, they have wisdom and the power of wisdom is invaluable so I will never discount that. But know that you know what you know. You’ve studied your field. You’ve done the research. You have innovative ideas but you are afraid to share them. Of course, there is a proper way to share those ideas but make sure they are heard by those who have the power to have them implemented. If you don’t, you’ll miss your opportunity and those guys with experience will continue to be seen as leading authorities in the field. But what if this is your year to be seen as the new authority and you miss it because you’re afraid of going head to head with experience? Then you, my friend, lost before you even tried. So open the door for numerous other first timers who just want their ideas heard. Make people remember that it’s ok to bet on the underdog. Sometimes it’s the hunger for victory that allows him/her to come out on top against his/her behemothic opponent.
Do you need help strategizing the most effective way to communicate your thoughts to top management? Whether you need some assistance with crafting an email or developing talking points for your meeting with the decision makers, I’m here to make sure that you walk into the meeting with the (humble) mindset of “Why not me this year?”
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