Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursdays with CC: Pushing Limits

"i was offered this higher position by my boss. i was flattered but i refused. i didnt believe i was ripe for it. it's a huge task. and i didnt feel up to it yet. i didnt want to bite off more than i can chew."

i've heard this more than once from different young guys. they actually refused a promotion thinking that they are not up to the challenge. i'm flabbergasted.

i was never like that. i always push my limits further and further. i keep on stretching myself, daring myself to this new level of incompetence. i remembered being asked by my boss to chair this huge event, one never attempted before by the company. with little knowledge on event management and just plenty of common sense, i jumped right in. there were some booboos. some things that could have been done better. but by and large, it was a huge success. and it all started because someone believed i could do it.

you need to trust the higher-ups with decisions like these. they must be seeing something in you that prompted them to make a calculated risk and offer you that position. and for that trust alone, you should just take it. no ifs, no buts. and just think about the impact of refusing. it is tantamount to lacking trust in your supe's instincts, her/his assessment of the situation, of your capability.

stretch yourself, stretch your capacity. a rubber band once stretched never really goes back to its old form. the stretch itself would have changed you even if the goal was not attained.



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8 comments:

Nimmy said...

this is noted sir. thanks for all the Thursdays with CC posts. i am learning so much :)

deadma na sa leaderships books, dito na lang ako. :)

twinkbait said...

ahhh. I hear you. Sometimes I don't even wait for people to tell me what I am capable of doing. I experiment. :)

Anonymous said...

i guess it depends what a person value most. for me, my health and relationship are paramount. my job is important and i give my job my all but i can't sacrifice my health and my relationship for it.

Ming Meows said...

tamaaaa! to refuse a promotion is an insult!

efrenefren said...

sometimes, a rubber band, when stretched far beyond its capacity, breaks.

pinoyniftywriter said...

Thanks for this post... very fitting to my current situation. You just helped me big time :)

JohnM said...

Thank you for the advice Sir CC. A humble but firm "yes" pala ang answer to that very life-changing question. Big Thanks!

victor said...

Hear, hear. Ambition is often a great motivator. Good luck!