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Getting Comfortable With Discomfort for Career Success

Getting Comfortable With Discomfort for Career Success

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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These days, the topic of “daring greatly” has been circulating around various social media platforms. The idea of “daring greatly” originally comes from Teddy Roosevelt who said:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

More recently, Dr. Brené Brown, a researcher on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, has spoken at great lengths about this topic. One of the most popular TED Talks of all time is her speech on the power of vulnerability. You may ask how the idea of daring greatly will help you in your work life. It’s because the times we take risks are the moments when we grow. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone can often lead to the greatest breakthroughs. How this translates to work is that by “daring greatly” that might mean speaking up in board meetings, taking a creative risk, giving feedback, or voicing the challenges you are facing at work. These perceived personal risks can be instrumental in your career and company success.

Let’s say you are completely on board with the idea of daring greatly and leaning into vulnerability. The next step is to create an office culture that supports its employees to take risks and get comfortable with the idea of failure. In order for companies to grow and innovate they have to be willing to try new things and push boundaries. None of this can be done without vulnerability. Once companies recognize that and encourage their teams to try new things, and risk failure in the process of doing so, great things can happen.

I hope this blog was helpful for you to consider the possibility that allowing yourself to be vulnerable will take you further in your personal and professional life. It isn’t easy, it isn’t always fun, but we can all grow and learn so much by taking risks and being authentic and vulnerable.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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