Taking the Leap

Taking the leap can be a difficult task when you have created a comfortable world where things are safe, fun and familiar. It goes against our natural instinct to leave something secure for something unknown. The thrill of trying something new can be mistaken for fear and life-changing opportunities can slip through our fingertips.

It is crazy to reflect on when I first accepted the role at Direct Selling Australia. This was a huge leap for me; I was a young, business professional, who had just moved to the city, from a small town on the south coast. Everything was new and exciting. My first few months were daunting, trying to find my footing, and then just like that, I was part of the furniture. No more introducing myself during phone calls, emails or meetings. It’s as if I had always been there. Mastering the tasks, I had originally struggled with and taking on new challenges along the way.

Some people might say three years at a company is short, while others couldn’t imagine being somewhere for so long. Millennials receive a lot of slack for not following in their parents’ footsteps of working in one company for majority of their life. I am inspired by many of my friends and work colleagues for giving their all and if they are not being met halfway, going off and finding opportunities for themselves. An employer should want their employees to grow as much as they can and if they can’t grow anymore, encourage them to take the next challenge. At least, that’s what my previous boss taught me.

After three years of hard work, friendship and life-changing experiences, I had ticked many achievements off my ‘career bucket list’. I had finally worked in the city, tick. Facilitate a conference, tick. Experienced a Zoom Bombing, tick. Although, I think I’d prefer it if that one didn’t make the list.

2020 – this year has been a whirlwind of change and discomfort. Although I knew it was time for me to take the leap, I couldn’t help but want to stay in the comfortable role that had been created. After all, I had the perfect excuse, going on around me. When an opportunity presented itself, I wasn’t sure whether it was the right move for me. Although I was excited by the opportunity, I couldn’t help but go back and forth with my decision as a million different thoughts and possibilities running through my mind.

My previous boss, Gill Stapleton, DSA CEO, was there to challenge me. I am not sure how many employees have had their boss encourage them to take a leap into new role for a different company. I think I am one of the lucky ones.

And just like that; after you take the leap, everything changes and new challenges lie ahead. Once again, I’m introducing myself during phone calls, over email and Zoom. It’s another new chapter, filled with different characters and goals to achieve.

If you’re thinking of trying something new; applying for that promotion, taking that course or simply suggesting an idea during your next team meeting; I’d like you to remember this quote that my previous boss left with me on my final day at DSA.

“Promise me you’ll always remember; you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – Winnie the Pooh.

Article by: Chelsea Thomson

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