Should women really push so hard? Most of us are not Mika Brzezinski, and in this economy many of us are just genuinely grateful to have a job, no matter what it pays.
I don’t know who you think Mika Brzezinski is, but she wasn’t “Mika Brzezinski” three years ago. I was a part-time fired ex–CBS anchor who went to MSNBC on her hands and knees groveling for a job. When I got a freelance job, I knew my stock was down and my value was down and I had better shut up and take it and just hang on to it. Part of knowing your value is knowing when your stock is down. That is the time to keep your head down and wait for the right moment to climb again. Then go for it.
Any final piece of advice?
Don’t apologize. Start right now. Count how many times each day you start a conversation by saying something like, “I’m sorry, I know this might be a bad time . . . ” Or “Sorry to bother you.” Just cut it out and know your value!
Originally published in the May 2011 issue of More.
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