On grinding…

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”

— Oprah Winfrey
Columbus Circle, NYC

This week was a little frustrating. Had my annual review and, like it is every year, I’m consistently good. The hardest worker people know. A high performer. Someone who gets the job done well. Yet, no promotion in sight. Been grinding hard for many years but still not getting ahead. I don’t get it. How much more “gravitas” do I need to project to be an acceptable senior manager? I’m told I’m already performing at the next level. But it’s that damn “gravitas” that my partners say I need to display more.

I wonder if I need this gravitas to compensate for my tiny frame (I’m barely five feet tall) or my tendency to politely listen and let others talk first?

Oh well. Felt I needed a little “Oprah” today and true enough, stumbled on this quote.

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