That was the topic of discussion at August's Conversation & Cocktails, a networking event sponsored by the Ekho's (of which I am a member), and open to the public.
The conversation was led by Susan Freeman, founder of Step Up Leader. She reminded us that failure comes down to perception and attitude.
|Susan with Ekho Laura FontanillsDoes failure cause you to work harder or give up?|
One Ekho, a nonprofit professional, said that she has yet to take her biggest risk. Via text message she explained that she "takes risk in professional life but [in] personal life, always over analyze and play it safe."
Another Ekho said her big risk came with a big benefit. "Getting divorced and finding the love of my life!"
It was the perfect topic for me to mull over as I prepare to leave a comfortable but ultimately unsatisfying professional life in search of a better fit in Washington, DC. It's a risk, albeit an exciting one, and I'm open to wherever it takes me in grad school and beyond.
Becoming an Ekho earlier this year was a risk too. At first these young mid-career professionals seemed so different from me.
My inner Woody Allen wanted to know why a bunch of bankers & PR professionals would want me in their club.
But I got to know these ladies beyond their job titles. They're mothers and girlfriends and artists and readers and need an outlet to discuss issues all women face. In this short time the relationships have given me much needed camaraderie and improved my overall outlook.
I wouldn't have been as mentally prepped to leave for a bigger city had I not been inducted into this group. Getting to know them, and be one of them, is the cherry on top of my life in Tampa.