I’m the first to admit it: when I came into this position, I had no idea what I was doing. Though I had served as the section editor of another major women’s title some years back, taking on the job as editor of a magazine I’ve always held in such high esteem was like diving into unknown waters when you’re not sure how strong of a swimmer you are. Terrifying!
“Am I good enough? Am I doing enough?” What’s comforting in a twist of schadenfreude, is that everyone has their own fears. This is true no matter whether you’re just starting out in the workforce or if you’re earning a five figure salary. Find the courage to listen to your inner critical voice and understand that it’s not trying to take you down with it, but forcing you to spend time on self-reflection, to dig deeper so your roots grow stronger. Self-doubt makes its home in the minds of most people, but it doesn’t need to be an uncomfortable sleepover.
Do things that scare yet excite you—even if it’s wearing something you wouldn’t normally consider. Bold prints, fire-engine red lipstick, the works. You can even borrow a little courage from the unconventional fashion risk takers (page 38) we’ve highlighted. Do things that feel right, even if it isn’t the best time or place. “Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision”, said the wise Sir Winston Churchill. When something doesn’t work out, know that there’s always something out there that’s meant for you and the best is yet to come.
There’s something to be learnt from the millennial #yolo—that life is short, and you should never be too afraid to say yes, or no, in pursuit of your personal truth.
As for me, I’m off to dip my toes in new and terrifying unchartered waters!
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