There are a lot of experts out there in the world, and I have to say, that’s a good thing. When something happens and you need advice, it’s helpful to have someone to go to for advice. It’s always good to draw upon knowledge from someone who has experience and positive results from that experience.
But don’t forget, no one knows more about you than you do. You know how you grew up, you know what makes you tick, and you know what you can do.
I studied ballet for over twelve years when I took the job as an Assistant Controller for Marriott Corporation. I achieved a Bachelor of Science in Finance so I had some background, but many people thought I wouldn’t be able to make it in the world of Finance after so many years in the world of Fine Arts. There was a lot of doubt swirling around me.
Well, guess what? I made it just fine. I became a go-to problem solver for every company that employed me, and I had very good job performance reviews.
I’m convinced the reason why I was able to be successful is due to the discipline I learned at a young age due to ballet. We lived close to my dance studio and I used to walk over and practice for an hour or an hour and thirty minutes every day that I didn’t have class. I looked in the mirror and saw my flaws and saw where I needed to improve. And I worked on that. I also received critique from experts so that I could learn.
When I got in the business world, I did the same thing. I received critique, and I worked long hours to learn and to get better at my skills.
Were there people out there better than me? Absolutely! I do not in any way, shape or form want to imply that I was the golden star! But I can say that I was good. And the way I achieved those results was to see my own flaws, seek out expertise, and to work hard to improve.
If I listened to those who told me I couldn’t be successful, I wouldn’t have been. But I had the knowledge that I knew how to work hard and that I could learn.
So I did.
Be open to learning from others, but don’t forget that you’re the expert on yourself.