Unleashing Potential – How A Single Conversation Transformed My Career Trajectory

How can someone else’s belief in you change your entire perspective on work and life?

Do you ever feel stuck, unsure if you can leap toward a new dream? I did. But one leader’s simple words changed everything. Watch my story of unexpected guidance and a life transformed.

Transcript

I said to him: “I’m so unsure of myself. Do you think I can do well if I try something new?”

I wasn’t prepared for what he said next.

We’ve all met that ONE leader who has COMPLETELY changed our life.

I never believed this was possible till it happened.

When I joined P&G, I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed fresh graduate.

I was eager to please, eager to overachieve.

I flew high for the first three years in PR.

But I felt like something was missing.

I was a highly rated employee in a tiny department.

I wanted more.

I didn’t want to support the business.

I wanted to steer the ship.

But switching departments in the company was heavily discouraged.

It also meant that I would be starting over.

Erasing 3 years of hard work and skills that I’d learned.

At the time, I talked to my boss’ boss about this.

He was someone I really looked up to.

Soft spoken but firm.

With decades of experience and so many stories to tell.

I told him how insecure and unsure I felt.

How I didn’t know if I should change directions after doing so well in my department.

I wasn’t prepared for what he said next.

He said:

“I think you’re capable of more than you know.
And I am sure you will excel in whatever you choose.
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲.”

This happened more than a decade ago.

But those words helped propel me into many new directions in life.

After that:

I changed departments, changed companies, changed careers.

I’ve gone back to grad school.

Taken time off work.

Co-founded a startup.

And every time that I want to embark on a new adventure, I hear his words in my head.

He had confidence in me when I didn’t have confidence in myself.

And that has made all the difference.

Have you had a leader that has made a huge impact on your life? Would love to know.

Get a Free 5-Day Course in Speaking Fearlessly

Transform your speaking skills in 5 days.
Sign up to find out how to turn your words into powerful, confident communication.
This free video course will give you concrete strategies to gain more confidence and speak fearlessly at your next presentation, meeting or podcast.

By clicking the button above, you are agreeing to the terms outlined in our privacy policy.

5-Day Free Course in Speaking Fearlessly cover image