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Career Courage Challenge Day 24: Ask For Something Surprising

Career Courage Challenge Day 24

Welcome to the 24th day of our Career Courage Challenge!  So glad you’re here, and we love to hear your discoveries, insights, and questions. Just email us or write in the Comments at the end of this article, or on Facebook and LinkedIn, too. I’ve been taking the challenges along with you–read my notes in each day’s Comments.


Career Courage Challenge, Day 24:

Ask for Something Surprising



This week, you’ve already met your fear (Day 22) and then decided what to do when that fear hits (Day 23). Today, let’s try another way to counteract our fear muscles.

Let’s ask for something.

But not just anything. Something surprising. Something that you usually wouldn’t ask for.

Something maybe even difficult to ask for.

Because practicing our asking helps us stay clear about what we want. It also forces us to start sharing what we want with others in our world of work.

And while what you might ask for might feel surprising to you, you might be surprised that others are happy to give you what you want.

They only needed you to ask.

What will you ask for today? For ideas, watch our short video (2 min, 11 sec).

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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.

One response to “Career Courage Challenge Day 24: Ask For Something Surprising”

  1. What to ask for? This is a tough one for me. I don’t really like to ask for anything. I don’t know about you, but I want to be seen as self-sufficient, and there’s something strange about being brave enough to first identify what you want, and then to ask for it. So as I travel through these Career Courage Challenges, I think the thing I need to ask for is patience and kindness, from me, to me. I want to be brave and bold right off the bat, but I have to keep learning how to first know what I need, and then to ask for it of my colleagues, clients, friends, and readers just like you. Thanks for being here!