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Career Courage Challenge Day 25: Give Something Surprising

Career Courage Challenge Day 25

It’s the 25th day of our Career Courage Challenge! Really push yourself as we round the corner toward the end of this amazing month! Tell us about it, too–you can  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 25:

Give Something Surprising



Let’s have some fun today. While yesterday’s challenge may have made you uncomfortable (and remember, that’s where the growth is), today, let’s surprise people with our gifts.

And we don’t have to give STUFF. We can give our opinion. Our time. Our hands. Our heart.

Think about what might be surprising for your favorite colleague, family member, or loyal friend.

Or who might be surprised to get something from you, like an assistant, former boss, or old college chum.

Somehow, we often find it easier to give things than to ask for them. Giving sometimes makes us afraid that our gifts will be rejected, unwelcome, unwise. But you don’t have to feel that way.

Build your courage today by giving something surprising, unexpected, and ultimately, something uniquely you.

That takes courage.

 Watch my short video for more ideas here (1 min, 48 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.

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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.

2 responses to “Career Courage Challenge Day 25: Give Something Surprising”

  1. Today, a friend is struggling. My heart goes out to her. But what I’m deciding to give that will be surprising is my total faith in her ability to figure it out, without my advice or interference. I’m giving total support, but not the answers that may not be the ones she’d come up with on her own. It’s hard not to step in and offer solutions, but I know in the long run, my friend will figure out what’s best and I’ll be there to celebrate with her.