This morning I had the pleasure of hearing Heidi Androl speak at the Greater Richmond Chamber’s Extraordinary Women’s Exchange. I didn’t know much about Heidi but had read her profile, and just the fact that her soon-to-be-released book is called “In the Men’s Room” was cause to raise my eyebrow.
Heidi Androl spoke about being a woman in what is a traditionally a man’s working world–first in aeronautic sales, then to her transition as a sportscaster on Fox. This woman is a sportscaster for the Los Angeles Kings Hockey team, for goodness’ sake! She is no wallflower.
This confident, absolutely gorgeous woman gave us several take-aways that I’ll use, but here are the meatiest that will stick with me:
-Don’t think you can’t do something because you don’t have skills. She had never imagined herself, or been trained in–the fields she’s worked in. She just had desire and willingness to learn.
-Don’t say that you know things when you don’t. It’s ok to ask for help. Trying to act confident all the time will only hurt/embarrass us in the long-run.
-Don’t use the “woman card” and act like you can’t do things, either. You are smart, confident, and you can set your mind to do whatever you want. She admitted that she doesn’t have an MBA and competed on The Apprentice with folks that did and beat them out many times, on pure desire, focus, and determination.
-Don’t give Too Much Information (TMI). I thought this was quirky and fun and TRUE and so few people will tell you this. Say what you need to say, then hush up.
-DO use the assets you’ve got–whether it’s an MBA, a fun personality or quick wit, sports knowledge, you name it–you’ve got what you’ve got, you can acquire more, but use all that you have to maximize your potential.
-DO use your 86,000 seconds today doing exactly what you set out to do. Once the day is gone, those seconds are gone, and you’ll never get them back again.
Heidi encouraged us to use the “72 Hour Challenge”–a time you set to accomplish a BIG goal you’ve been wanting to, and focusing that time on the goal. She has done it several times and says the focus is incredible–remove excuses, dedicate, just do it. I’ll be chewing on what this small-town gal, who was raised by a single mom in a modest household shared with us. She’s quickly crossing off items on her Bucket List big and small and making things happen (one was owning a lemon tree on her balcony, one was taking her mom on a trip out of the country).
I’m going to use my 86,000 seconds wisely, and hope that you will, too.