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Thank the Pargods for the Chip On Your Shoulder…

Thank the Pargods for the Chip On Your Shoulder…

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Right before I started Sercante, I had a little career and emotional bump in the road.

At the time, it felt catastrophic.  Soul crushing.

In retrospect, it was a blip on the professional radar.

But you know what?  That experience was one of the most motivating things that has ever happened to me.  I walked away in a pervasive cloud of “I’ll show them.”  But the elusive “them” had nothing to do with it, really.

Looking back at other incidences of “defeat” and setbacks… I can say definitively that I operate best with a chip on my shoulder.

How you can leverage this in your work

That sales rep that won’t stop bitching about your leads?

That CFO that’s questioning the investment in Salesforce?

That manager that doesn’t see the value of the Dreamin’ events or the success community?

That senior leader who keeps calling you “honey” and declaring happy hours “for just us boys”?

Use that.  Channel it.

Own your obstacles — It makes you a better professional

This resistance isn’t an obstacle, not really.  I mean, it might slow you down in the short term.  But in the long term – you’re a better professional for powering through it.

Remember that children’s song that goes “can’t go over it, can’t go under it, can’t go around it, must go… through it?”

Maybe deeper than it seems at first glance.

So let’s take these proverbial chips on our proverbial shoulders, show all of the real or imagined “thems,” and go make a difference.

Flex.  You got this Pardot peeps.

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  • Andrea Tarrell is the CEO & Founder of Sercante, as well as a 12X certified Salesforce MVP and Marketing Champion. Andrea caught the Salesforce bug at Dreamforce 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. She’s worked for consultancies, agencies, and client-side marketing teams over her career and is passionate about making marketing and sales teams successful with their tech stacks. Andrea lives in Atlanta with her husband Buck and her daughter, Arla. When she’s not working, she’s most likely playing with her German Shepherd Murphy, starting a new hobby that she will engage in exactly one time, or making homemade gin.

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