When I tell my friends and colleagues that I am an introvert, they violently disagree. I kind of give it to them, since I don't feel it anymore. Not that introvert is good or bad, it's just a choice.
This got me thinking about my childhood and my professional journey.
Being born and brought up in chennai metropolitan city in india, it's strange until my first job i haven't traveled far enough, haven't met new people, had my own fear of my soft-skills. My parents had the right intention to protect me, prevent from any harm that could come to me, in the process I had a huge gap between what industry expects and where I was.
When I was working for Startup, Selectica, HP, I was an individual contributor, life was different then. My first technical leadership started with Mindtree, it wasn't a leadership by designation more my willingness to try and fail. In-fact it was a super success that I still relinquish in my life. It changed me and helped me to see myself as a leader and I had to fight my way out of being an individual contributor to a leader of the pack.
When I look back, I have conquered some of my fear of failure in terms of soft-skills, interpersonal, leadership and so on.
Simply put what's the fun in playing in once comfort zone ?
This lead me to explore different opportunity @ workplace, I was a tech geek by heart and even now it gets me going. Something has to give to move ahead in your career, I have started focusing on more on strategy, ideation, architecture, leadership, situation awareness, crisis management and so on, while they are not my cup of tea till this point...
I am ready to conquer my fear, how about you???