I Challenge You to Be A Winner– I Dare YOU!

Friends, some of you think you are a winner, but some of you KNOW you are a winner! For those that know it, when someone challenges you, it’s ON! There are some folks that love a challenge and these individuals love to win. As a matter of fact, if they can’t win, they don’t wish to play. In my opinion, for folks that love a challenge, if you tell them that they can’t win, they will respond with one phrase, “watch me!” These folks LOVE a challenge, they “thrive” on it!

How do I know so much about these types of individuals? I’m so glad you asked! I know first hand, because I am one of them. Once I am challenged, my first thought is “please, step aside, I have business to attend to, and you are standing in my way of getting it done!”

May I share a personal experience with you? In August of 1992, I entered into the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I was “fresh” out of high school. It was my first time away from home, it was rough! I soon realized that a career in Pharmacy, may not be my calling. My G.P.A my first semester was a 1.9! I didn’t even know you could get below a 2.0…I thought that was the lowest allowed by default. Friends, your friend, Sharon D. Meadows was in trouble after one semester. 

After numerous consultations with my career advisor, I decided to make a change. Although I had never used a computer in my life, I decided after many consultation sessions, that computers were the next “Big” thing. So just like that I “switched” gears. I changed my major to “MIS”. By the time I graduated “4″ years later, my G.P.A was a 3.4.

So fast forward to 2015, and where did the “switch” get me? Well, let’s just say I experienced great success in a career based on a “whim”.  So what do you think was the determining factor that resulted in my success in the Information Technology industry as a black female in the mid 1990’s.

I shall tell you. A challenge, that  I took on as a dare. It was as simple as that. One of my professors at the University, suggested that I not set my heights on becoming a software engineer. He suggested instead, I should set my goal on working on the “help” desk.

Now friends, there is nothing at all wrong with working on the help desk, because in actuality, if the help desk doesn’t function in any company that company will eventually shut down. The truth of the matter is that all companies need I.T help desk support to operate. However, when you tell me that I should do this because it may appear to be easier than “that”…I will “question” and then “challenge” your belief system. You see my professor didn’t actually believe I had what it took to become a software engineer.

Initially, I was crushed, by my professors lack of faith in me. Then I accepted his doubt as a challenge to persevere. I took on a load that was far greater than what I thought I could handle as a college freshman. I spent numerous long nights, sometimes, days straight in the computer lab to prove my professor wrong. Friends, his challenge was received and accepted and it was ON!

I am happy to share with you that I graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, as scheduled in the Spring of 1996. Prior to graduating, I accepted a job offer at Wachovia Corporation as a Software Engineer. I went on to pursue a successful career as a Software Engineer and then progressed onward to become a Project Manager as a black female in the I.T industry for more than 18 years before moving on to pursue my dreams as an entrepreneur.

Friends, I believe that you are a winner, ask yourself are you up for the challenge to prove that you are a winner? #IDareYou

Sharon D. Meadows is a Certified Professional Transformation Coach and the Author of the Amazon Best – Seller, Journey to A New You—A Transformational Guide to Discovering Your Inner Strengths!

Please connect with Sharon, to ask her what’s the next step to get you on the Journey to a New You, Contact Me! #LetsTalk

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Posted on February 16th, by sdmeadows in Coaching.

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