Fake it till you make it

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

~ Sir Ricard Branson

It’s an amazingly simple statement, but it speaks volumes in the business world. When an opportunity comes your way, lack of experience should never hold you back from risking the next step forward in your career. Taking those often confidence-shaking jumps means leaping onto a bridge you’ve never crossed before, hoping the foundations hold as you cross.

Betting on yourself when the unknown can make or break you is a crossroads we all have to face at some point in our careers, but learning as you go along is what helps to drive innovation and creativity. These forces keep the growth process moving, churning up new inspirations and fueling your hard work.

Virgin Atlantic was a simple dream once.

Confidence

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” 

~ Sir Ricard Branson

Owning who you are, where you came from, and what your dreams are, are the most important gifts you can give yourself. Providing the unshakeable building blocks for your every business and life decision is where you draw your strength from. When that open door swings wide, revealing the new opportunity, your self-confidence is what will propel you into being brave enough to venture into the unknown. Every job has elements that evolve with trials and tribulations, and it’s through these moments you’ll have the chance to shine.

Run the extra mile. Go above and beyond. Eat the cake. Take the job and risk success.

Willingness to learn

You need to roll with the punches and be receptive to the ideas of those around you, especially those who helped give you this opportunity. Learn from those who went before you, and for the love of Virgin Atlantic, do your research. You may not understand every detail of the job, project, or campaign at first, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn. Accept that some tough times might be ahead, but the payoff for the due diligence has no ceiling.

While luck, happenstance, or actual hard work may have landed you in this fortunate spot, it’ll be your ability to pivot, flex your strategies, and adapt as you learn that will make this open door bountiful.

Forging new paths into the wild of the business world.

Making it your own

Being open to taking advice and blending it with your own style is going to show that giving you this opportunity was a good move and that you’re a team player. Put your stamp on the position, the process, or the campaign, but make sure your ears are constantly open to suggestions.

This is the time where you weave that self-confidence with adaptation to blend your own style with the founded knowledge of competitors, past positions, and extensive research. You’ll never move ahead if you don’t own your risks and failures. It’s these moments that make your resume.

Positions and branches of business are evolving and expanding each day. These brand-spanking new areas require jobs that have never been done before. These untamed paths require explorers that are willing to fail, learn, and adapt. So if you have the chance, fake it till you make it.

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