Do you own your value? If you don’t, someone else will steal your thunder!
My beautiful significant other, Amelia, was finding it difficult to say her new title out loud. She’s a Regional Vice-President of sales, which is a pretty amazing career accomplishment! She’s an amazing sales person! But, like many of us, she was raised not to brag, to not be “too big for her britches.”
Saying her title felt like bragging to her, until I told her it was ok to own her value and had her practice saying it a dozen times. She felt silly at first, saying her title while we were walking on the Highline Canal Trail, but after a while, it felt natural.
It’s ok to be proud of your accomplishments and to share them with the world. That’s the only way people will know and be able to appreciate what you bring to the table.
If you’re nervous about sharing your value, practice it by yourself or with a close friend first. It’s only bragging if you’re trying to show off or make someone else feel jealous. It’s not bragging if you’re sharing and owning your value.
Hi, I am JP Stonestreet, the new business energizer. I want to tell you a story about my weekend. Amelia, my beautiful significant other, took my dog, Daisy – well the three of us went on a walk, six-mile walk and we talked a lot about Amelia’s job and the business that she is in. She sells commercial lighting and we were talking about owning your value. See, Amelia is a Regional Vice-President. I am very, very proud of that, that’s pretty cool, don’t you think? – A Regional Vice-President of Sales. She is a fantastic salesperson, but she has been refusing to own her value. Whenever I have introduced her at an event or to other people, she just says that she works in sales and I said “Why aren’t you telling people that you are a Regional Vice-President, I think that’s pretty fantastic, it’s something that needs – that people should know about you,” and she said that she wasn’t really sure why except that may be she grew up with a saying that I am sure all of you have heard, I know I have heard it, it’s that “Don’t be too big for your britches.” Have you heard that saying before “Don’t be too big for your britches?” It’s a way of telling us not to brag too much about what we do or who we are, but you know what, it’s okay to be a little proud of your accomplishments, you have to own that value. If you don’t own it, somebody else is going to trample all over it. So, own your value. If you have done something fantastic, step up and say something about it. I was interviewed on Extra TV; I think that’s pretty fantastic, don’t you? I have done all kinds of stuff that’s fantastic and I tell people about it because I am not embarrassed, I am not too big for my britches. I just tell them because I think they deserve to know. So, let’s learn a lesson from Amelia and she is now – I had her practice this on our walk. She had to tell me about it dozen times – “I am Amelia Basista, a Regional Vice-President” and you know what, now it’s natural. So, even if you feel uncomfortable about it, just practice it. You might feel foolish or stupid, that’s okay, but practice it, say it out loud, own your value and be proud of yourself.