“While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a company, a relationship or a life – any single conversation can.”
When I was in the entertainment industry, my friends and family loved to tell me about the fresh faced actor who landed in Hollywood, and on their first day, was plucked out of the crowd and put onto the path of stardom.
I had to break the bad news to them. 99% of the time this story is not the entire truth, and rather, a glossed over version from a PR team.
They pitch it that way, because many of us love the idea of being that one in a million, that person who has a glow and is launched on the path of success and prosperity.
The reality? It doesn’t actually happen that way. You’re selling yourself short to buy into it.
While someone may not pluck you out of the crowd and tell you you’re the next big thing within your company, any single conversation has the potential to lead you on the path. And that is very empowering.
Developing yourself into that super star employee starts with you. Below are three easy conversations to start owning your development today.
Tip #1: Ask for Feedback
It’s called development for a reason. It’s a process and part of that process is being aware of your actions and how they affect other people. Think of one thing you would like to get feedback on, and then ask two people: one person who you work really closely with and one person who may not know you as well. Garnering multiple perspectives is critical.
Tip #2: Have a Conversation with Yourself
It’s important to be able to answer: What is the impact I want to have on my company? Don’t wait for someone to pluck you out of the crowd and say you’re the next big thing – have the conversations with your leaders and show them you know what you are capable of and how it will move the needle.
Tip #3: Embrace Rejection
What’s nice about the idea of someone telling you what you’re capable of is that it means another person already cares if you succeed. Who doesn’t love that idea? However, rejection will happen. You won’t always get what you want. It’s in those moments when you should dig in deeper with your leadership and ask why and what’s next?
Remember any single conversation can.
How do you develop yourself?