Too often, I hear people talk about this in vague terms, giving themselves a lifetime of excuses for not yet having the success they want. If some magical thing happened, they would have all they wanted. Right?
Wrong. I got the promotion, then another. Both jobs were hard, and I learned some tough lessons from my failures.
I got and accepted the executive position. I moved across the country, where I was fired after three months of 80-hour workweeks that caused some of my hair to fall out.
I won a judgment in my lawsuit, but I never collected a penny. I finished law school and passed the bar exam. They didn’t create the big breaks, either.
It wasn’t until I took my power back and started causing my own breakthroughs that my life began to feel more like mine.
Stop waiting for that magical, mystical moment that allows you to put your feet up and coast the rest of the way. It’s probably not coming, and if you don’t control your ride down the hill, you might hit a tree head-on!
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Nance L. Schick, Esq., is a workplace attorney, ethno-religious mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City. Her goal is to keep managers and small business owners out of court and build their conflict resolution skills so everyone has a better work experience. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution, and an award-winning entrepreneur acknowledged by Super Lawyers (ADR, 2018, 2019 & 2020), the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Finalist, Best for NYC 2015 & 2016), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards).