Why Didn’t the Chicken Cross the Road?

Why Didn’t the Chicken Cross the Road?

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jumping into the business world is an incredibly scary thing. Especially when you’re a young, inexperienced 21 year old girl like me. Although I may just be an intern, working in an office setting is intimidating to say the least. I sometimes find myself lacking the confidence, or the courage, to work in an environment such as this because I am nervous that I will make a mistake or feel that I’m unsure of what I’m doing. However, I found that having confidence in whatever task it is that you are trying to accomplish, is one of the things that will actually make you most successful in the end.

Because of this realization, I have been trying my hardest to not get so nervous about making a mistake. Everyone makes one once in a while and you just have to be okay with that. If you mess up a little, it’s okay to try again. The first step to success and confidence is to stop doubting yourself. I feel like the initial thing everyone does is say that they can’t do something or that they don’t know how. I’m not really sure why everyone is so critical of themselves. Perhaps it’s because they would prefer to ridicule themselves rather than somebody else pointing out their mistakes to them. Well here’s what I think: don’t be a chicken. It is so easy to say that you can’t do something or that you don’t know how to do it, but you will never learn until you try; and you will never try if you’re being a chicken all the time. If you go into work with the right mindset and have a positive energy that radiates off of you like a fresh sunburn in July, you will be able to accomplish pretty much anything that you set your mind to. Most times, I find that I am more capable of doing something than I ever thought I could be. This self- acknowledgment is something everyone needs to do in order to grow and expand as both a person and as an employee in the business world.

I’ve also learned that you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things. This goes along with the simple idea of not being a big chicken. Life is all about new experiences. Sitting on the sidelines, too afraid to try anything foreign to you, will not help you build the confidence and poise that you will need to have in the real world. Besides, doesn’t actually being “in the game” sound more appealing than just sitting there watching everyone else do amazing things? I sure think so.

Being in my early twenties, this is the time for me to try new things and to take those risks. I have so many opportunities ahead of me and if I don’t take advantage of them now, I may never get the chance to again. From my own experience in jobs and in internships, I’ve learned that being young and naive can actually be an advantage, as surprising as that sounds. Everyone knows that when you’re young, you lack experience and everything is new to you. Therefore, you’re the first person that they want to help and guide so that you can do things to the best of your ability and also learn new things in the process. Just be confident in your capability to grow and adapt to new surroundings. Believe me, I know that facing the unfamiliar is truly one of the scariest things for someone to do. But, you will never grow as a person if you aren’t getting out of your comfort zone and creating new experiences for yourself. Remember, nobody is perfect and like I mentioned before, you may surprise yourself with how awesome you actually are. But, you will never know until you test your own limits.

I’ve learned that the more experience you gather, the more comfortable and confident you will be. Believe it or not, we all have our own strengths; including you! Try your best to leverage your strong suits and as a result, you will be able to improve upon your opportunities. Life isn’t always a walk in the park (it’s actually like trying to escape out of quick sand sometimes) but if you go into work with a positive, can-do attitude, you will be able to concur anything that is put in front of you! ..Except maybe quicksand. So take that first step today and build on your experience, try new things, and continue the well-deserved journey to a life full of confidence and success!

super chicken~ Alexis Luft, Bryant University ’16

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