Wednesday, August 11, 2021
“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination, the will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, ‘here comes number seventy-one!’.” – (Richard Devos)
It is of great importance to stay focused and ensure coherence throughout. At entry level, many young women find their professional growth developing at a slow pace. Firstly, you need to be open-minded, accept change, be willing to learn and emulate those ahead of you.
Also along the way to the top, do not forget to keep your faith in God. For example in the book of Esther in the Bible, Esther was an ordinary girl from the village who married into the royal family. Over the years, her influence grew. She took a risk, and her courageous initiative, quick wit, charm and poise managed to get her to fulfil an extra-ordinary leadership challenge in an unlikely context. If you do not take a risk, your fate will be like that of the rest of the crowd - nothing outstanding, nothing to show off that stands the test of time.
Remember, every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of labour and triumph, a beginning, a struggle and a victory. Celebrate your achievements along the way, throughout the struggle, as you climb the corporate ladder until you reach your destination. Be willing to accept change, be flexible whilst remaining focused so that you do not miss out on other opportunities along the way even if they were not in the initial plan. Tell yourself that no task is too big; it is just the way you look at it.
To develop yourself, choose discomfort and growth over comfort and fit.
Article written by Angela Beke, Operations Officer – FBC Private Banking, Bulawayo