Why did she get a raise? Why did he get promoted to department manager? People aren’t selected just because they are present, they are selected when they jump-up, jump-in, or jump-at the opportunity.
Someone in a sales position thinks about asking for the deal, but the client may say no, so it’s better not to ask. Someone attends a marketing meeting, has an idea for something new, but never mentions it because if it was a good idea they would probably already be doing it. Someone else notices an internal job posting, but decides they’ll never get hired, if the hiring manager was interested she would have already asked for their resume.
What are their odds for success, fifty-fifty, maybe more or maybe less?
Sometimes the odds are what you decide they are. If you’ve decided you’ll never take a chance, you’ve decided your odds for success are zero.
Dennis Gilbert is a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and consultant that specializes in helping businesses accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at http://DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.
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