I Took A Shot Down The Field

The people I work with know I like good quotes.  I have a wall in my office where I place some of my favorites.  I leave them up because they inspire me.  On different days, certain quotes reach me and help me gain some perspective in the face of challenges.

I apologize for the Harry Truman quote, but I got it on a birthday card a few years ago and while kind of gross, it is good advice.

Last week, I was inspired by one of the magnets containing the following quote from our great former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt:

Do one thing every day that scares you.

It’s on the left side, third from the top.

I have been working on this blog now for over 2 years, and while it’s been great to write a little bit I can’t help feeling like there are bigger opportunities possible from this platform.  In other words, I think I have found my voice and I want to share with more people.

In that moment of inspiration I searched online for leadership blogs that accept guest submissions.  I found a leadership blog, managed by Liz Strauss, that fit that mold.  I sent my post idea to her and she accepted.  It was exciting to get this feedback so quickly!  Here’s a link to see the post.

I think the key learning for me here is that it is not so hard to find your voice and contribute to the practice of leadership.  In other words, I took a shot down the field and completed a pass.  It’s not all that scary after all.


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I am a software lab manager in the Corporate Research Lab at 3M in St. Paul.

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