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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lipstick Leadership: Don't Let Fear Stop You - Regina Maruca's Story!

"I remember when my mother was fifty, she took a class at the local university with a bunch of students in their early twenties. It was a class on ecology, and towards the end, there was field work that involved a day-long hike up a mountain. I remember my mother being nervous about it; I also remember the energy that radiated from her when she got home late that night, having completed the trip successfully.

She said that other students had encouraged her. I don't honestly know whether she fell behind, or by how far, or what it took to get her through that day. But what I do know is that there was a lesson in there about pushing yourself to do things that you want to do and also about being satisfied with your personal best. It is okay to be afraid or nervous about doing something you want to do - as long as you don't let that fear stop you. I draw on that in my own life. And of course, now that I'm close to fifty, I have a better sense of what she was going through. (But isn't 50 the new 30?!)"

- Regina Maruca, Former Harvard Business Review Editor and Co-Author of "The Leadership Legacy"

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