Seven weeks ago I started a brand new position in a brand new industry. After six years of being on my own (self-employed) the transition was..er…has been..umm..continues to be…challenging. For starters the culture is like nothing I’ve ever worked with. The culture kicks major ass. Jeans. Individualism. Speak People. As soon as I became comfortable with the idea (ok I admit I am still not there…) of wearing jeans to work everyday I have settled into my new environment like settling down for a Sunday morning cup of coffee. It just feels right. There is a bar on the 3rd floor, they give away box seats to major musical shows every week and the people are amazing. Also the opportunity to work in the field of Oncology now and moving forward….priceless.
The major challenge I was not anticipating is finding my voice. After 15 years in the insurance industry, speaking everything insurance, knowing THAT game like the back of my hand, how in the world to I translate into Oncology? Genomic testing. Chemotherapy. Indications. Telling stories through brand building. Websites and journal ads. PCA reviews and FDA compliance. Yeowza.
I compare this new journey to that of a first date…or the first couple months dating someone new. You’re on your best behavior. You don’t know when to speak up. You have several ideas but don’t know if they fit into the current situation. During conversations and getting together in group settings you are playing off the dynamics of the other(s). Everything is awesome. (Ok, for those that know me well – everything is always awesome.) You can never imagine being anywhere else.
And then it happens. You find your voice. No more fear of saying the wrong thing. The confidence is there. All the medical acronyms finally make sense (and boy was that a learning curve…ha!). People begin to see your value and why they hired you (or started dating you…ha!) in the first place. Time. It takes time. There is no prescription (…see what I did there…;-)). There is no rule book. It just takes time.
Just like with running (and you thought I was just going to skip right over the correlation…shame on you…). You have to find your running voice. In running you can’t cheat (thanks Rita Jeptoo…hope it isn’t true). You can’t cut corners. In all the seasons (15 years and counting…yes I’m old) I’ve been running each is different. Each has a new voice. Each has taught me more about myself than prior. Running is a beautiful teacher, will always give exactly what you put in and is always there. Like riding a bike.
Find your voice. In whatever you have passion. Whatever is in your heart. Your desires. Find that voice. Speak up. And get ready for a whole new world of opportunity. 🙂
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman