Dance is something that brings people together. It has roots in ancient times and is a social and celebratory aspect of life. We have both had a form of dance as part of our lives since we were little girls, and there are many lessons that have been learnt. We want to share three of these lessons that relate to business and growing our careers.
1. Ge out your comfort zone: Every new competition year brings a new dance, which in turn brings a new move, new styling or a whole new set of technique to learn. We have to push ourselves to get to master this otherwise we won’t succeed. The same happens in business when there is a new client, a new candidate, a new vacancy. Moving beyond what we know and learning about this new challenging allows us to get out of our comfort zones. The same goes for the likes of networking or embracing a new company procedure. Being adaptable and fluid within the workplace allows for new experiences and new opportunity to grow.
2. Learn to be happy with others success: When you compete nationally or internationally, you to start to make friends with the other competitors. There may be times when you do not get the result you want and these friends end being more successful than you. It is ok to be happy for them and congratulate their success. The hard work they have put in deserves the reward. In the working world, congratulating others when they succeed is part of being a good team player. It shows that you genuinely care about them and creates a positive relationship.
3. Sometimes you just have to suck it up: In every situation or environment, there is always something you just don’t want to do and the dancing world is not exempt. There might be an outfit you don’t like, or you are constantly fighting with your false eyelashes, or you just dislike the song you have been given. If you want to be successful, you just have to suck it up. After all, that’s show biz. Everyday there is something you just don’t want to do. It could be phoning the client who shouted at you yesterday or you have to regret the candidate who just lost out to the perfect job offer. It may even be asking for a raise or asking for more responsibilities. If you want to be successful in your career, you have to do the things you don’t like in order to make room for positive situations.
“Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances”- Maya Angelou
Co-written by: Storm Scott and Nelita George