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4 Reasons Smart Leaders Know When to Stop Playing It Safe

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Finding a good opportunity may leave you to put everything in to make it work, and the confidence to move beyond your safety nets. 

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4 Reasons Smart Leaders Know When to Stop Playing It Safe

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Ask yourself what makes you happy

An opportunity should not only be viewed by the benefits it provides. 

Knowing how the opportunity will make you happy should also have an influence on your decisions.

Be willing to gamble on yourself

Moving on in life is possible if you have a good understanding and knowledge of yourself.

Believe in yourself that you are able to figure out a way forward. 

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Finding a good opportunity may leave you to put everything in to make it work, and the confidence to move beyond your safety nets. 

The safe thing may not be the right thing

Life challenges us. We have the ability to meet those challenges if we believe we can.

Consider how you got past other challenges to give you confidence to handle the next one.

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You can’t take “no” for an answer

Just because somebody tells you no, that’s their limitation.

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Why Interviewers Ask It

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  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
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Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.

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