Career Lessons From a Forbes Power Woman: Ursula Burns

As we embark on new chapters in our lives, new business directions, and new experiences, it's easy to second-guess our decisions. Questions like "Am I good enough?" "Is this product good enough?" "Maybe I should be more like this?" "What if I can't do it?" "What if I make the wrong decision?" can avalanche over our minds and drive us insane with fear. So much so, that we may retreat and never give these new chapters being handed to us a chance to play out.

Sound familiar?

Succeed or fail, you’ll never know how things will work out unless you gather all the guts you can muster, look that mind-clouding, nagging, nay-saying demon straight in the face and tell him to piss off. In other words, ignore those tiny voices that force you into doubt.


Big decisions are scary, and in order to succeed, you need to be your most authentic self.

Recently named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women, Ursula Burns, CEO and Chairman of Xerox, put it best. She says, “You can probably be somebody else and follow all your life, but you cannot be somebody else and lead.”

If you are going to lead your company to success as its CEO, Master of Ceremonies, Chief Awesome Officer, and Chairman of the Home Office, you absolutely need to let your inner self shine. We are happiest when we are comfortable, and being comfortable in who we are will always lead us in the right direction.

How has staying true to yourself helped you overcome doubt?

Source: Forbes