You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take
I was talking to Vera, one of my closest friends, the other day and she was complaining about how people who were younger and less experienced were getting promoted ahead of her. She has always put it down to the fact that they were men and getting favoured treatment, but this time it was another woman!
(And yes… That “!” at the end of the paragraph is deliberate)
“She knows she’s not qualified, but she applied anyway and got the role. Just like the men do!”
“Did you apply?” I asked – knowing the answer was no.”
“Of course not!” She snapped. “I didn’t have 5 of the criteria they put in the job description – and all these people who are getting promoted over me have even fewer than I do.”
As the heading says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Your manager can’t read your mind and is probably too busy to go around thinking about trying to persuade you to apply for new roles anyway. Your prospects are just as busy. If you don’t ask for the sale, you’ll probably miss out… Unless you are important enough for people to seek you out.