On this #InternationalWomen’sDay
I want to say thank you…
To the coworker who helped me see the value in my work and encouraged me to take credit for it.
To the other coworker who told me to pay it forward when I asked what I could do to repay her for her mentorship.
To the manager who called on me to speak in a meeting when he noticed I wanted to say something.
To the manager who told me that I unfairly disqualified my statement with “I’m not that technical, but…”.
To the stranger who asked me why I was “sorry” when I didn’t do anything wrong.
On this #InternationalWomensDay…
I am reminded of all the ways that others (male and female) have lifted me up.
I am reminded that one does not have to hold a position in office to make a difference.
I am reminded of the ripple effect that occurs from just one interaction, no matter how small.
One small change can have an enormous impact.
To the coworker who helped me see the value in my work and encouraged me to take credit for it…
Because of you, I spoke to my manager about the value of my work, and my intention of exceeding expectations.
Because of you, I advocated for myself in my performance self-review.
Because of you, I did exceed expectations according to my performance review.
And through this…
I learned that perception is not reality (especially not mine).
I learned that perception can change.
I learned that changing perception can change reality.
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