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I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
— Virgina Rometty (CEO of IBM)
Virginia “Ginnie” Rometty is the current Chairman, President and CEO of IBM. She rose through the ranks to get to be the first woman CEO of the company. A really dynamic person, she has taken her position as one of the most influential women in America by having the right attitude.
Ginnie takes on things outside of her comfort zone. While most people do not like to leave their comfort zone, Ginnie always takes on things she has never done before. She knows that Growth and comfort do not coexist. You can have comfort and growth.
One of my best friends, Bud Malmstrom, who also happens to be my martial arts teacher, has what we affectionately call “Budisms”. One of Bud’s most famous is “Without Change There Is No Growth”. This agrees with Ginnie’s thoughts in her quote. And really, you cannot have both comfort and growth. They do not coexist.
Ginnie and most executives and entrepreneurs have not gotten to where they are by only taking on things in their comfort zone. They reach out of the zone as often as they can.
Grow by reaching out of your comfort zone. Do what other won’t! Do what you’ve never done! Be what you’ve never been before.
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