Today’s show will focus on women and how they tend to be cautious – over thinking their next move and because getting ahead requires taking action and overcoming some of this. Today’s guest joining David and Lisa is Wendy Sachs. After college, Wendy started out on Capitol Hill as a Press Secretary then she moved into news and became an Emmy award winning producer, then went on to Dateline, CNN, and Fox. She has written a book “Fearless and Free – How smart women pivot and re-launch their careers.”
Pivoting and Re-launching
The economy and the workplace is different than it was ten years ago – digital and technology have disrupted a lot of industries – and to stay relevant and current one has to be pivoting. For many women, they take time away from the workforce especially when they have children and then try to re-enter. Re-entry can be tough and a challenge, especially if you haven’t kept up your skill sets, kept up your network or figured out what you’re going to do again. It’s crucial to stay focused – as Wendy stated she had been fired from jobs, but you have to get back up again. There have been many studies which show that men will apply for jobs when they are 60% whereas women will only apply if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Males are more willing to try things out whereas women want to be perfect – we are afraid to take that risk because we are scared of failing, but when you take the risk, you create the confidence to make a move.
Don’t over think – act and be confident
Confidence grows from taking the bigger risks – the more you put yourself out there, the more you will have to gain from that experience and the more confident you become, but it all starts with believing in yourself to take some action. There is another philosophy which is very prevalent with start-ups, and it’s “fake it till you make it” or “fake it till you become it.” Women in their careers just need to go out there and “fake it until we make it” or “fake it till we become it;” if that doesn’t work – move on. If it does work, learn from it, make it better and press onward. It’s a different mentality that women need to learn and grow.
“Fearless and Free – How smart women pivot and re-launch their careers.”
Wendy uses inspiring stories such as Lisa’s in her book – Lisa now has four radio shows, but no one offered her a job – she worked hard on her radio show concept, and now nine years later she has four shows. Stories like that are meant to inspire women to try new things, but you also need to surround yourself with like-minded people who can cheer you on. Listeners are invited to go check out the book because it’s very inspirational – the greatest lesson coming out of all of this is to try and try and if it doesn’t work out the first or second time – persevere and pivot to get out on the other side of all of it.
How to contact Wendy?
Check out her website at wendysachs.com