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Blog: Stop doubting yourself, believe in yourself and be bold.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017  
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By Bernice Cheung

 

Those words could not have resonated with me more. I had made, what I thought was, a risky career change just before attending the 2017 Ascend National Convention and hearing those words only reaffirmed my decision.

 

I always thought that if I kept my head down and worked hard, my work ethic would pay off and get me far in my career. I've come to realize how far from reality that can be. I heard from some truly inspiring Pan-Asian female leaders with diverse backgrounds at the convention, and they all spoke to the importance of taking your career progression into your own hands with the following insights:

 

● Stop doubting yourself
Have you ever doubted your accomplishments and ability to perform and feared others would expose you for being a “fraud?” You’re not alone – so many people struggle with this imposter syndrome and hide their insecurities for fear of consequences. Instead of covering up and trying to conform, we should not be afraid to admit our insecurities, weaknesses and mistakes – even though it makes us uncomfortable, it enables us to grow and learn. By embracing our vulnerabilities and being humble with ourselves, we can connect more with the people around us and they will also embrace us for who we are and reach out to help.

 

● Believe in yourself
Focusing on what you’re good at is just as important as addressing what you’re not so strong at. Christine Ha, MasterChef winner who is visually impaired, and So-yeon Yi, the first Korean astronaut, shared firsthand experiences of staying true to yourself and believing in yourself to succeed. It comes back to embracing your own uniqueness and playing to your strengths. Being your whole self is more authentic than trying to be someone you’re not. Remember that your own unique personality, experiences, knowledge and skills can be used to your advantage – be confident about who you are and lean in.

 

● Be bold
We often get comfortable at a stage in our career and we become limited. It might feel like a hurdle, but we need to step out of these comfort zones to grow. Kalpana Ramakrishnan of KPMG emphasized the opportunities that lie ahead of us if we are willing to empower and energize ourselves to take risks. The biggest risks can often reap the biggest reward. And sometimes these risks will result in failure – but failure also allows us to learn from it and reach our fullest potential. Play to your strengths outside of your comfort zone and your efforts will pay off.

 

Here’s to finding your own voice and the courage to take risks to achieve success.

 

Bernice Cheung is Marketing Manager at KPMG


about Ascend

Ascend Canada was founded in 2012 to enhance the presence, visibility and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders. Today, with the support of our more than 3,000 members and numerous corporate partners, our objectives are to develop the full potential of our members by leveraging our networks and providing programs and events that inspire, as well as educate. 

Vision: To have a diverse and inclusive Canada where pan-Asian talent can achieve its full potential.

Mission: Partner and progress with Canadian Organizations to develop and advance pan-Asian talent.

 
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