Role models are so important because they help you set a benchmark.
I think what makes me a good PM is having grown up with a pilot for a father.
I watch my dad go through very stressful 6 month exams, or “base checks” where airlines ensure their pilots are fully up to speed with safety procedures and is able to handle themselves in any emergencies.
Everything was planned, rehearsed and prepared to the n’th degree.
Everything had a backup plan. Plan B, Plan C and so on.
Almost nothing is left to chance.
I feel very lucky that way, and perhaps my upbringing has given me an edge that I had never really appreciated until now.
If you’re around people who support and build you up, you’d grow up thinking the world is your oyster.
If you grew up with poverty, you’d think it normal to spend what you have right now because it could disappear tomorrow.
This makes it difficult to save for a rainy day.
If you grew up with abuse, you think that’s normal.
And you may well continue the cycle.
Awareness is key.
An understanding of where you are now, and where you want to be – and whether you believe that the gap is surmountable.
If bridging that gap feels impossible, then seek out someone who’s done it.
Find a guide, a mentor, a coach.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do the same.
Don’t underestimate the value of having someone show you the way.
Keep an open mind, and put that ego in your pocket.
Onwards and upwards.
Because staying still is never the better option. 🌈🌻🌞