Recently, I came across this picture of an iceberg on Facebook. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the image but, having been told one too many times that I’m ‘so lucky’ for being successfully employed, it has begun to resonate! Granted, Cyprus has not had an easy time of it in the last few years – an economic crisis has put paid to much of the easy wealth and nepotistic job market – but I strongly resent the assumption that I should be in a plum position purely by fluke.
None of the work I do came about by chance. None of the opportunities I’ve been given were a result of nepotism. And not one has been the result of ‘luck’. From my thriving freelance practice to my position as Chief Features Writer at a national newspaper, everything I’ve achieved has been through concerted effort. Make that plural: efforts. Because I’m on first name terms with every one of the words you see below the waterline – and then some!
Hours spent on LinkedIn, days developing my portfolio, weeks perfecting my self-promotion; endless emails and follow-up letters; research into business practices and best marketing techniques – these are just a few of the things I’ve done to get where I am today. Even now, when I’m in secure employment, my spare time is spent on perfecting my résumé, updating my online presence, and networking. If I’m not doing that, I’m building my brand through blogging or posting, sharing my articles, reading books on the use of language and seeking new opportunities.
And if, like me, your successes have been dismissed as fluke on more than one occasion, you’ll know where I’m coming from. Those of us who have worked very hard to get (and stay) where we are, know just how much effort it takes. We may be branded perfectionists, accused of overkill and labelled workaholics but, at the end of the day, we have truly earnt our success. Just don’t call us ‘lucky’!
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