One thing we know for sure, self-confident people are more successful in all areas of life, and successful people have high self-confidence.
Low self-confidence at work leads to self-doubt, fear of failure, and fear of taking risks and voicing your opinion. WE KNOW THIS. So why are women constantly questioning their self-worth, yet others seem to have confidence and surety in spades?
We have learned from all of our fabulous and highly successful Balance guests, that
1) it is normal to face times of self-doubt in your life; and
2) the only way to build the confidence you want is to ignore that nagging, critical voice in your head, and act as though you already have it… fake it till you make it!
That voice will eventually lose volume until it switches off for good. Stick with it; it won’t happen overnight.
We’ve gathered some of the best career tips from five experts in their profession.
Lisa Messenger – Publisher and editor in chief of The Collective magazine and creative director of The Messenger Group.
Lisa is an entrepreneur, international speaker, author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate and start-up sectors. Looking back at her 30s, she describes herself as a broken soul. Once she hit rock bottom, she resolved to change her life and worked hard to regain purpose and strength to find her ‘why.’ She learned that her why is to help others.
Her speaking events are mainly to women, and she finds that three common topics come up, these being fear, self-sabotage, and lack of confidence. These themes can be debilitating for many women in life and business. Lisa’s empowering advice to create career success:
- Unwavering self-belief is a key to success.
- It’s important not to stop learning and acquiring tools to learn how to successfully manage yourself and your life – especially if you recognise your negative patterns and feel you are self-sabotaging.
- Take time to identify your true purpose, pinpoint your passions and create a working life that you love.
Jenny Brockie – Presenter on SBS program Insight.
Jenny was working at Four Corners when she became a parent. It soon became clear that working demanding hours and travelling couldn’t continue. Jenny asked herself “What are the risks have I always wanted to take? Because I’m being forced to have to rethink my professional life a little bit here.” The answer for Jenny was moving into morning radio.
Jenny has been the presenter on SBS weekly forum program Insight for the past 15 years, is a respected journalist, broadcaster and speaker. Her wise words are from her own life experiences:
- Don’t put limits on yourself, and be more creative in how you find solutions to career changes – use circumstances to create opportunity.
- If you are forced to rethink your professional goals, ask yourself “What are the risks I’ve always wanted to take? Is there anything I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done?”
Sarah Liu – Founder and MD of The Dream Collective
Sarah Liu is the founder and director of The Dream Collective and Little Girl Big Dream which are Australia’s leading networks connecting and developing young professional women. She is also an entrepreneur, author and speaker.
Sarah’s second book “The World We See – Leadership Lessons from Australia’s Iconic Change Makers” is a collection of short stories and inspirational advice from 33 CEOs and senior managers ranging from Australia’s Prime Minister to some of the nation’s most influential leaders across both private and public sectors. Despite different backgrounds and expertise, there was a recurring theme to their advice, which Lisa summarises here:
- You can’t have everything, all the time, every single time. It’s about prioritising some things and being able to live with it.
- The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
- Be clear on how you want to be treated and then demand the respect you deserve.
Robyn Holt – Business advisor & independent consultant
Robyn Holt commenced her career in finance and went on to become a highly successful senior executive in the media, publishing, fashion, beauty and design industries in Australia. Internationally, she launched new magazine titles like Architectural Digest, GQ and Glamour magazine and as CEO Yves Saint Laurent. Robyn is most certainly a woman who has taken big risks in business.
For the past 17 years, she has been a Non-Executive Director in the not-for-profit, government, and private sectors, and sits on the advisory board for the University New South Wales College of Fine Arts.
Robyn believes that many women are missing out on career opportunities not because of discrimination, but due to their own lack of courage. Robyn once said that the most important piece of advice she was given over the years was to ‘shut up and listen, and this advice has improved all areas of her life – from her career to her relationships. What are Robyn’s best tips for professional success?
- Re-educating and learning is one of the most important things in business.
- Have a ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to keep trying new things.
- Being flexible and seizing opportunities is the key to success.
Tara Dennis – Interior decorator and stylist, Channel 7’s Better Homes & Gardens.
Tara’s media career started out working behind the scenes, and eventually, she was offered an opportunity to audition on camera. This lead to a rewarding career, appearing on Our House, Changing Rooms, Burkes Backyard, DIY Rescue, Renovation Rescue and currently as part of the Better Homes & Gardens team. Tara also runs her Tara Dennis store in Wahroonga, NSW.
Tara says it’s very easy to stay grounded as there is nothing glamorous about what she does – some days she’s scrubbing toilet floors, others she’s carrying buckets of gravel. Tara has three great pieces of advice that were given to her during her career:
- Don’t take yourself too seriously, stay grounded.
- Treat people how you’d like to be treated.
- Never let it (your job) take over you, just be yourself…do your gig.