Leap First, Think Later

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Posted August 22, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

I used the photo above as an illustrator to a post a few months ago, and later was pleasantly surprised when a young woman exuberantly contacted me to tell me it was her in the photo. She was excited that the photo had begun to float its way around the internet on Pinterest, etc. And I was excited to use it. This photo speaks to me for many reasons. This woman is leaping – moving forward – her head thrown back in bliss and without a sense of worry about whether or not she’ll successfully land. She knows, without a doubt, that she will land on the other side with grace and beauty.

The same feelings I have about this photo, I had when I read Ali Brown’s recent article for She Takes on the World, “Why You Should NOT Wait for a Clear Vision Before You Move Forward.” She talks openly about how she built a multimillion dollar business when just a few years ago she couldn’t get $20 out of her checking account for lack of funds. She succeeded because she took her first steps without a plan in place. She trusted in her own abilities.

Read more about Ali’s story by clicking here. And tell us, what’s the step – that one step – you’re willing to take today without seeing the whole vision ahead of you?


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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