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Career Courage Challenge Day 19: Invite a Stranger to Lunch

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It’s Day 19 of our Career Courage Challenge. The month is going by fast! Share your experiences with the challenges in email or in the Comments at the end of this article, or on Facebook and LinkedIn, too. I’ve been taking the challenges along with you–you can see my notes in each day’s Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 19: Invite a Stranger to Lunch


We all have people in our lives at work who we kinda know, but don’t know that well. Maybe we keep passing them in the hallway; maybe we worked on a brief project with them a few months back.

Today, let’s invite that stranger (or almost-stranger) to lunch. Or breakfast. Or coffee.

Because who knows what that stranger knows that you might like to know.

Or who knows what you know that might help that stranger?

Extra points for taking a big leap and inviting someone you’d never usually reach out to.

(For ideas, see our video below. 1 min, 42 sec.)

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If you’d like more courage in your career and life, there’s still time to join us for the Career Courage Challenge throughout June. Click here to sign up and get the challenges directly in your inbox. They’re free, fast, fun, and may give you just the boost to bring your superpowers to work.

Join the Career Courage Challenge here!

Why a Career Courage Challenge?

Here at, we’ve focused on three main things that we all need to have to soar in our careers (things we’ve learned through our research and conversations with you):

  • Gaining Clarity: really seeing and understanding what’s unique and special about you; what your superpowers are and how you can bring them to work;
  • Building Confidence: feeling strong and sure about who you are, and what you’re doing now and in the future, and;
  • Taking Control: choosing to take action on the things you want and need in your work and life.

But in last year’s reader survey, I asked, “If you could take a superpill that would help you overcome your biggest challenge, what would that pill do?” here’s what you said:[blockquote]The pill would give me the words and courage to express to our executives how damaging these yo-yo initiatives are.

It would give me courage to ask for opportunities when I meet people.

Sometimes small setbacks throw me into doubt. The pill would make me believe in me first.[/blockquote]

So it sounds like there’s a new C emerging: courage. And I’m right there with you, because I’m seeking courage, too.

To play bigger. Serve you better. Impact more people like you. To make hard choices about who I want to be, where I want to be, how I want to spend more of my time and where I need to spend less.

That’s why I wanted to experiment with this free, 30-Day Career Courage Challenge. I’m going to push myself beyond my comfort zone, and I hope you’ll play along with me, too. I hope you’ll share your experiences in the Comments below, on Facebook or LinkedIn, or by email.

I can’t wait to grow my courage muscles with you.

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