Choose Confidence

This week I learned of an exciting opportunity: a major magazine would be featuring Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant's forthcoming book, Option B, in their June issue and they wanted me to interview her for the piece. You'd think my first response would be joy, but it wasn't. Despite the fact that I'm an expert on women and leadership, that I've taught workshops and mentored hundreds of women on believing in themselves, and that I actually know Sheryl (she generously blurbed Drop the Ball and chatted with me on Facebook Live), my first response was doubt. I'm not a journalist. Why are they asking ME to do this? I had to quickly step in and coach my own self! Too often women begin an endeavor focusing on what we don't have. We see a job posting with ten qualifications. We have eight of them. But instead of applying to the job because we've got 80 percent of it nailed, we start trying to figure out how to compensate for the 20 percent we don't. We ask ourselves: How can I get more experience? Maybe I need a mentor? Maybe I should consider getting an MBA. From here on out, I've decided that I'm going to start making confidence Option A.