The Unconventional Road to Success
I recently attended a panel discussion hosted by the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society entitled “The Unconventional Road to Success.” The panel consisted of four prominent African-American women, mostly from the Philadelphia media. They shared their personal stories of success and were quick to point out there is no roadmap or guide to follow on the way to success. Though they were not attorneys, I found that much of the advice they offered applied equally to those of us practicing law, and wanted to share some pearls from the discussion:
Mentoring. The panelists encouraged everyone not only to seek out mentors, but to also be available to mentor others. They reminded us that mentoring comes in all shapes and sizes and may be as simple as finding a person who you respect and admire, and observing how they deal with certain situations, obstacles, or mistakes.
Perseverance. If you have the right talent, experience or idea, don’t take no for an answer. Keep asking, keep trying. You may hear many “no’s” before you find the “yes” you are looking for.
Confidence. Unfortunately, there may be preconceived notions about you based upon your gender, age, or ethnicity. One way to overcome these prejudices is to exude confidence. Of course, this may take considerable effort as you are developing your business, but will become easier as you become more comfortable in your “business” shoes.
Patience. Sometimes you have to start at the bottom if you want to advance to the top. This might mean taking a position that does not pay well or is not in an ideal location. However, you will be recognized for your hard work and dedication. Hang in there.
Post by: Stacy N. Lilly, Esq.