Sometimes you have to ask

I am not one of those people to ask others for things. Specifically, in my career I am good at what I do but when I want to make a role change or find out about an opportunity from someone I end up dragging my feet and most of the time miss out on the opportunity. I tried to do better over the past couple of years but still it is something I am uncomfortable confronting people about. However, for those times that I have stuck my neck on the line it has been worth it even if it didn’t end as I would ultimately hope but, at least, I didn’t have to think I just missed out.

Today I was again reminded that it never hurts to ask. I have thought about my career path at the company I am working at lately. Don’t get me wrong what I am doing now is fine and I don’t mind doing it but I keep thinking in 10 years I don’t want to be doing the same thing. Also, as I have grown more in figuring “Life” out the last couple of months I realized I really would like to do something different.

On the same lines, I am reflecting back on an email I sent to a CEO that I have run into from time to time over the past 3 years. The company he works at had a job posted that I was interested in, I didn’t think I was qualified and kept dragging my feet for weeks. However, I finally found the courage to ask him if he would mind chatting about it which within an hour he emailed me back the name of the CFO for me to email as well copying himself. In the end, my thoughts were right, they wanted someone with a little more experience but I feel a lot better knowing it wasn’t just a missed opportunity.

Do you have any times in your career that you wished you would have spoken up to find out about an opportunity? Or did you have a time that you did speak up and how did it turn out for you, I would love to hear your thoughts, leave them in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Sometimes you have to ask”

  1. Absolutely! I think you definitely did the right thing asking the CEO about the position. Your post reminded me of a couple of experiences and thoughts, so apologies if this comment gets lengthy.

    I’m reminded of the quote (I don’t remember who said it): “Regret what you do, not what you don’t do.” I find it a good mantra to live by because it encourages you to continue seeking out opportunities. In some cases, it might be a dead end, but you never know and if it actually turned out to be a wonderful opportunity, you’ll be happy that you sought it out and seized it. Furthermore, if you make a habit of seeking these opportunities out, you will inevitably find some diamonds and those will help you become more successful and set the stage for future success.

    If you keep seeking out opportunities, they will begin building upon each other and then you’ll have the opposite problem. Rather than hoping to find a wonderful opportunity, you will actually have options of which opportunity to pursue and you’ll have to make some tough calls, but these are the tough choices that are good to have.

    In addition, seeking out these opportunities will help you continue testing your limits. Another one of my favorite quotes (once again, forgot who said it), “If you’re not getting your butt kicked every day, you’re not trying hard enough.” Looking and applying for these kinds of opportunities are ways to keep making sure that you’re trying your hardest, and sure, you might get your butt kicked, but sometimes you’ll get the upper hand. Before long, you’ll be winning more often than you’re losing.

    For me personally, I am early in my career development, so I have been exploring different career paths to figure out which one is the best for me. I attended a few career fairs and info sessions and stumbled upon one that I found really engaging and exciting. I talked with the recruiter, began the application, and after numerous interviews, I had landed an internship with the company, where I was able to really develop my technical skills and get a deep insight into how companies are actually run (I interned at a startup). If I hadn’t began attending these sessions (seeking opportunity) and chatted with the recruiter (applying for opportunity), I would not have had this wonderful internship experience that I feel has helped reveal more of my potential as well as develop skills that will be useful further in my career.

    I really liked your post and keep seeking out opportunity! You won’t regret it, I’m sure!

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    1. No problem for the lengthy comment, I really enjoyed all the insight you put in it as well. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and have a great comment with your own thoughts and experiences back. In fact, you also gave me some great quotes, I really like this one “Regret what you do, not what you don’t do.”

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