A few weeks ago I headed up to Seattle to spend the weekend with my sister and when I went to visit her in her office I saw this post-it note stuck to the cabinets above her desk. Looks like we both like to collect quotes, but this one caught my eye because it was something that came from a poignant conversation my sister had with my dad when she was having a difficult time in her career.
My dad made sure that both of us girls were self-sufficient and independent, but one thing he taught my sister that he didn't teach me was to "love the fight" when it came to dealing with difficult people. I don't think he meant being rude and hurtful, but to face a challenge head on and not be afraid of altercations! I'm quick to back down when it comes to confrontation and I really need to force myself to stand up to people and make myself and my ideas heard. It's very difficult for me so as a reminder I put up the same quote at my desk to remind myself not to back down during meetings.
My sister laughed at me when I told her about this issue and she said "you have no problem telling me or anyone else in the family what you think so what's the difference?" Really, what is the difference? I just need to put on my gloves when necessary and jump in the ring when I have to!
So tell me, how did you learn to love the fight?