Am I worthy of applying for a senior role?
During our recent coaching conversation, one of my clients, a senior manager with a top multinational company showed me a job posting with Google and said, “this is a really exciting position. I match most of the requirements and qualifications. In fact, I have more experience in some of the areas they mentioned. Do you think I can apply for this position?”
I asked, “what is the doubt in your mind?”
He responded, “the doubt is, am I worthy of applying for such a senior position at such a big company?”
To state the facts, the company he works for is bigger than Google.
He continued, “I feel like I am playing gully cricket and I am trying to jump to international cricket. That creates doubt and fear.”
I asked with a smile, “Hmmm. Now, I am curious if you have been playing gully cricket, how do you match the requirements and qualifications mentioned in the job posting?”
His eyes popped up, he paused for a few seconds, and then he smiled.
Then he said, “for years I have been stopping myself giving this reason or the other. I am happy that I am realizing it now. I will go ahead now.”
What are your reasons for stopping yourself?