Jul 10 / Richa Bansal

Break Free of Fear. Be Bold. Own Your Career.

"Don’t let yourself off the hook by deciding that something is out of your reach, instead, ask yourself, What would I do if I weren’t afraid?" 
- Sheryl Sandberg


We all have been guilty of playing small. We make one excuse after the other to keep ourselves in our comfort zone:

“How can I move to sales; I don’t have any connections?”
“How can I do this job well, I don’t have prior experience?”


Sometimes, we internalize these fears:

“I don’t have the leadership skills.”
“I did not get the job because something is wrong with me.”
“No one will like me if I spoke my mind.”
“I need to follow the rules….”

All these are reasons that shackle us, prevent us from being our best selves and growing into leaders we were meant to be.


So, I want to challenge you to think about how YOU can break free of the fear, truly be bold, and own your career.

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Be Bold. Own Your Career.

If we want a fulfilling career, a career that gives us joy, satisfaction, and pride, we have got to be bold. I don’t mean be brash, or arrogant, or unrealistic. I also don’t mean taking career sabotaging actions. Being bold means doing so with our mindset and how we reflect it upon others.

Be bold, so we are:
1. Not afraid to dream big.
2. Not afraid of our big ambition.
3. Not afraid to own it.

1. Be Bold & Not afraid to dream big

Three years into joining Schlumberger, I told my manager I wanted to lead the business development group in 5 years. He humored me as this was a bold ask, but he also felt the passion and conviction in my voice. Saying why not, he helped me realign to a more realistic yet aggressive timeline and guided me on what skills I needed to reach my career goals.

We cannot be afraid of the big dreams in our hearts.
If we don’t dream, we cannot see it. And unless we see it in fine detail, we cannot make it real.

"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” - Oprah Winfrey

2. Be Bold & Not afraid of big ambitions

One of my dear friends at work, who is also a mentor I deeply respect, once told me she would not sacrifice family time until she makes President of the company. I was taken aback by her confidence. She has a big dream; she is not afraid to put it out there and is actively working her way up by getting the skills and network needed to get the job. I think I fell in love with her some more that day!


We cannot be afraid of our big ambitions or sharing them with others. Remember, if others get intimidated by our ambition, it is their problem and not ours.

"I am totally unapologetic about being an ambitious woman, and you should be too.” - Shinjini Das

3. Be Bold & Not afraid to own it

For many years, I have been fascinated by the consulting world. I think consultants get to work on intellectual business problems, in a very dynamic environment, while enjoying the perks of traveling. What a life! Last year, after turning down another consulting interview, I complained to my friend that things would have so much easier if only I were not in the country on a visa. I would have been a consultant by now if only I had that choice. My friend, who was a patient listener to my frequent rants on this topic, asked, “so why don’t you apply for a consulting job in India?”. At that point, I realized that I was just using my temporary visa status as an excuse. In reality, I did not want to live a consultant’s lifestyle while raising two little kids. I did not want the job that bad after all, at least not now.


Being bold means not being afraid to own it. We cannot blame it on others. We cannot blame it on our boss, the HR, the visa situation, or the bad job market. There is always a choice.


If we want it bad enough, we can learn a new skill, go back to school, switch roles, make a lateral move, change countries, change jobs, or even change industries. Sometimes it takes a bold move to make our dreams a reality.

So, what bold move would you make for your career if you were not afraid?



If you have a personal story and lessons learned to share about how you’re owning your career, write to us at richa@pinkcareers.com.

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Richa Bansal is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in strategy, operations, engineering, supply chain, and management. Richa earned a Bachelor’s from IIT Delhi in India, a Master’s from Purdue University, and an MBA from Rice University. 

Richa founded Pinkcareers so that women can get access to career development and coaching through a learning format that is flexible, effective, and meets the needs of modern working women.

When she is not working on Pinkcareers, she loves to travel the world with her husband and two little boys. 


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Check out Pinkcareers' Incubator Leadership Accelerator, our 6-months program for new (and aspiring) female managers who want to level up their leadership skills and own their career success.

NEXT COHORT STARTS 15 AUGUST, 2021.

Discover your authentic leadership style, get comfortable with self-advocacy, enlist sponsors, and become a confident contributor to your career success.

Save your spot now before we get sold out!
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