A couple of months ago, I received the book “What Do You Do With A Chance?” from an outstanding mentor of mine. At the time, I was going through a career transition, wrapping up my experience as a Teach for America corps member in San Antonio and getting ready to move away from a city that I had grown to love so much over the past two years.
Going through a transition can be tough, but it can be easier if we’re willing to take a chance.
Taking a Chance During Transition
I remember reading through this book and feeling a myriad of emotions. There’s the excitement that comes with new opportunities and experiences – but there’s also the anxiety. The feelings of doubt. It’s a blessing when we face so many chances, but what if you take the wrong one? Or even worse – what if you can’t live up to that chance?
There’s the excitement that comes with new opportunities and experiences – but there’s also the anxiety.
As leaders though, we have to embody the value of learning in our Lifestyle of Leadership and not be afraid to take a chance.
I’ve kept this book out on the top of my bookshelf as a humbling reminder, but it wasn’t until today that I actually sat down to really read the book again. I am in a period of transition where I’m assuming new roles within my organization. It’s a position I’ve always dreamed of being in, but a dream that I have also always silenced for fear of inadequacy. Am I sure I’m the right fit? Am I too young? Too soft?
As I turned through the pages, I was struck by the following quote: “Maybe I don’t have to be brave all the time. Maybe I just need to be brave for a little while at the right time.”
It’s Okay to be Vulnerable
Taking a chance is being okay with the uncertainty and vulnerability that is facing you. It’s recognizing that you’re not in this transition alone. There’s a crowd of people cheering you on, especially when you least expect it. It’s knowing when you lay your head down each night that you did the best you could, even if it’s not perfect. As the book graciously says, it’s not about having courage all the time – just when the time is right.
Taking a chance is being okay with the uncertainty and vulnerability that is facing you.
Throughout your leadership journey, I encourage you to take every situation like this as a learning opportunity. I hope that the next time you’re faced with a chance, “you take it….because it just might be the start of something incredible.”