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July 17, 2019

"A fear of weakness only strengthens weakness." 

- Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Mujeres y Allies,

Every one of us brings unique strengths to our work and careers. Much has been said about developing your professional life around those superpowers that make you shine.  It’s the basis of a career where you thrive and feel like work is rewarding and yes, fun. The Gallup organization offers a Strengths Finder profile based on the book Now Discover Your Strengths that are excellent ways to understand how to leverage those strengths--(Note each book has a code to take the profile online).  But there are real dangers to your career if you can’t see the blindspots that can develop as you develop your expertise, too. A blindspot exists when you overestimate your knowledge about an issue or your effectiveness at getting something done.  We all have blindspots because you can’t know what you don’t know.

This week’s #3LVCareerHacks is on reducing the potential for career blindspots and how to make sure you don’t undermine your career. 

Uno, dos y tres. Let’s do this con ganas!

Tip #1  Manage Your Ego

Nothing creates a bigger blindspot than believing you’ve got it all right. It’s one thing to be confident.  It’s another to be arrogant. Successful leaders, entrepreneurs, and team players are able to approach your work with humble inquiry:  Is there another way to approach this that may be even better? Is there something I can learn by using a different strategy? For many of us, we have fought many battles to be seen and recognized that we push forward no matter what.  Good feedback is ignored because it comes with a sting. Take a step back and review whether you are staying open and aware of opportunities to grow.

Tip #2  Challenge Yourself--Often

Just because you’ve always done something a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the best way to do the job. It's human nature to create confirmation bias--we all favor ideas that confirm our beliefs about situations. Get out and force yourself to learn a new approach to routines you’ve developed.  Or take a course that forces you out of your comfort zone so you can discover more about how you learn best, how you handle ambiguity or how it feels to struggle at something.  Take an improv class. Try a day hike. Take a workshop in pottery making. Learning something new can be fun and it gives you a new way to watch what assumptions you have about yourself that need to be changed. 

Tip #3  Look for Results, Not Excuses

At the end of the day, the key determinants of success are the results you get.  If you’re honest with yourself, the results are clear and you're seeing genuine progress in your projects, your side gig or your career.  If instead you find yourself repeatedly justifying or excusing the lack of progress, you may be feeding a blindspot. Turn to your personal board of advisors or trusted colleagues and get some feedback on what you might be missing. The answer to your challenges may not be so painful but denial of the real issues at play will always have long term consequences.     

That’s it. #3LVCareerHacks on tackling your blind spots. 

Got a comment for us? Give us a shout at @SavvyLatinaInfo @LatinaVIDA360 or on our Facebook Group. We’d love to hear from you!  If you’ve made one of the CareerHack tips work for you, we may feature you in the next LatinaVIDA360 Career Power Hacks Podcast! 

Live Your VIDA with Intention! 


Your LV Familia!


P. S. Remember, here are the other LatinaVIDA resources for you:

  • Evernote Notebook of Curated Work-Life Resources, Readings and Tips

  • Join our Private Facebook Group

  • LatinaVIDA360 Podcast Latina Leaders in Conversation and NEW Career Power Hacks

  • Our #Slack Community to Share Experiences with LatinaVIDA Circle Guide

  • Past #3LVCareerHacks Newsletters (please share with friends and family)

  • Latina Cubicle Confidential: A Personal Blog from our Co-Founders


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