Believe in Yourself and You’ll Be Amazed at What You Can Achieve

When I was growing up as one of three daughters in my family, my mother always told us, “Don’t sell yourself short. You can do anything, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” Even now, more than 30 years into my career, her words are the philosophy I have always lived by and the attitude I try to bring with me to work each and every day.

Now more than ever, it is important for women to remember that it is important to believe in themselves, no matter what they do—in the workplace, at home, or out in their local community. If you set your goals high, you will have a much better chance of accomplishing whatever you’ve set your mind to, and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

I am often asked for career advice and am always reminded of this quote from Bill Cosby: “Your desire to succeed should be greater than your fear of failure.” If you believe that you will fail, you very well may.

I know that it is easy to fear failing or not being taken seriously in the workplace, but I truly believe that having a positive attitude and positive intentions is the first step to overcoming those fears. There are no secrets to success. The most important thing is to always be yourself and to find the confidence and determination to succeed, regardless of the obstacles you encounter.

The best way to gain respect in the workplace, whether you are a woman or a man, is to do your job well. Nothing comes easy, regardless of gender. But, if you can prove that you are worthy and capable of added responsibilities, you will gain the respect and influence of those around you, and be well on your path to the life and career that you’ve dreamed of.