Corporate America can be very much like the hunger games at times. Especially when you are driven and committed to moving up the corporate ladder. In my experience, the journey wasn’t for the faint-hearted.
When I entered the workforce, I was very naive to the idea that nepotism, favoritism, racism, etc. existed in the workplace. How could they? I mean, it’s agains the law! The nineteen year old me learned quickly, life as I knew it, was no longer the same leveled playing field. I was a young, minority, woman....a triple whammy!
I remember telling my dad this new found discovery after the first time I wasn’t selected for a promotion I applied for. My dad told me...life’s not a bed of roses, you want it, be ten times smarter, ten times faster, and a hundred times better than everyone else! I took his advice and ran with it!
I always believed in a fair race though. I made a commitment to myself that I would never be malicious in my pursuit to be successful. I was never going to play dirty to win. I wasn’t going to use my being a minority as a crutch or as leverage. I was going to make it impossible for people to deny me what is rightfully mine!
I worked hard. I sacrificed. I had setbacks. You name it, I went through it! But that’s what makes the victory worth having...when you earn it! No one handed it to you because of your race. You didn’t wrong anyone to get ahead. Your only qualification isn’t that you’re the boss’s niece. You. Earned. It.
I tell you this to emphasize the importance of staying true to who you are. Your character speaks volumes, don’t disintegrate it for momentary benefit. Even in your careers, leave a legacy that’s indicative of your values and character. Whether it’s in corporate America or in life, run a clean race. -SS-
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