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New Pond

Posted November 15, 2011 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves
Moving to Chicago from Minneapolis, I was aware I was moving from the 48th largest city in the country to the 3rd. But somehow, the change in size didn’t quite resonate until I arrived. Since moving, I’ve asked myself many times, “Was I just a big fish in a small pond?” Thinking back to growing up in a small town, then moving to a mid-size city, I couldn’t help but wonder, would Chicago swallow this “big fish” up in its big ocean. And truthfully, I felt that way many times this year.

I expressed this fear to my coach, and she responded by sending me this quote on Friday – making me glad I hired her:

“….. growth is like being in a small pond, where we know our limits and boundaries and are used to navigating them, then finding ourselves suddenly in a vast ocean, unable to see the former landmarks to help us navigate. That’s the time to tune in and trust your instincts.”
If you’ve ever felt like a very small fish, read this quote again. You have to find your landmarks over time, and in the meantime, trust your instincts. For me, it makes me certain that I will be able to prove to myself and everyone else that I can be a big fish in this great big pond. There are so many things coming for Career Girl Network and I look forward to continuing to learn the roads and landmarks here in Chicago and nationwide.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."