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The One Question: You Should Never Stop Asking In Your Career Or Business | By Nerissa J. Persaud

Is There Something More I Could Do? - If you are directly involved or responsible for the long term success, growth and diversification of a business or brand, you've more or less asked this question at one point or another.


It's also no wonder and why Self Made Billionaire, the Founder and CEO of Spanx, Sara Blakely shares her insight during a talk at the Stafford Graduate School of Business on how her hyper-observant focus led to overhauling the undergarment industry.

In other words, if we cease to imagine or think what else is out there, to self- grow, to listen, learn or recognise how can we take something already good and make it revolutionary, someone else will and all of your years' efforts would have lost its lustre. Similarly, in the hiring industry, many exceptional executives who were once at the pinnacle of their game face considerable pressure today with the coming of age, of a hungrier generation that is more socially and technologically adapted. In this case, the competition can completely derail your years of efforts if your career position and self-development strategy isn't enabled for continuous learning and improvement. Much like the fact of gravity, what goes up must come down, the difference here is being able to diversify your perspective to leverage a new perception of what you have to offer. Leading a path that is engaged, open to listening, thinking out-of-a-new- box when you weren't taught to do so and having the good sense to question what's before you: are all apart of the internal mix that builds your unique career space. A space that is irrelevant of your competition. A space that allows you to leverage your years of experience as an educator, as an influencer and pioneer of your work.

One of my favourite case studies and this could be because I'm a mother to an impressionable little girl is that of Walt Disney Company and the journey their prized princess characters took on over the years. The traditional narrative of a Walt Disney princess for the longest time was based on the happily ever after love story where a handsome prince meets his princess and almost instantaneously falls in love. They face hardship but find their way back together and live happily ever after with the princess by his side.

For decades, the artful, creative direction captured the hearts and homes of various generations and still do, but the conversation of their message gradually diverted into stronger female characters including different ethnicities, holding opinions and wanting to explore the world. It all took significant effect after increased women activism created notable generational mindset shifts in how women and girls wanted to be perceived.

Now imagine if you were to adopt a mindset of continuous learning, self- developing and skill allocation that leverage your presence and experience. Do you believe your career would take on a new spin in an untouched direction?