Okay, Charlize, I get it.  You’re a fraud.  You constantly tell people how wonderful you are because of the deep-seated inadequacy you feel.  You hope they will believe the lie you’re spinning and tell others so you feel validated and accepted as a pillar of the business community.  Deep down, at depths none are permitted to enter, you, and only you, know the truth.  You’re an imposter!  

But hang on, what was it Richard Branson said…?

“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say ‘yes’ then learn how to do it later.”

As has been stated before in this blog, we’re not psychologists here at Business in Heels.  But you probably don’t have to be a psychologist to recognise that if you regard yourself as the person in the opening paragraph, you’re unlikely to go far in business.  

Self-doubt is a killer.  Worse, it’s an unlucky charm that women especially wear around their necks as though to signify to the world, “I’m not worthy of success in business because I don’t know everything there is to know.”

Ladies, you’ve got to move passed this mindset!

Richard Branson would not have known everything about running a record label when he started Virgin Records.  He’d have had no idea of the intricacies involved in running an airline when he started Virgin Airlines.  Do you think he had all the knowledge available about credit cards and mobile phones before he started those two businesses?

What did he have?  The ability and will to learn.

How about trying this approach…

Regard your business as a vehicle for personal growth.  The fundamental elements of personal growth are the ability and willingness to learn.  This mindset can only exist if you can admit you don’t have all the answers.

So what did Richard do when realised he didn’t have all the answers?  He surrounded himself with the people who did.  His network.

Goodbye, Charlize.  You’re a ball and chain. I don’t have time for you anymore.