Be bold, respectful and confident and success will find you.
With a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Freeform’s new hit The Bold Type has media, millennials and bosses buzzing. The show is inspired by former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles and has created a trio of powerful, independent women at the fictional Scarlet magazine.
Aside from juicy relationship drama and BFF goals, The Bold Type teaches viewers a lot about professional development and going after what you want. For instance, it depicts that even in your successes, whether it’s a promotion or huge client win, there is always room for improvement. Here are five pieces of advice from the show to follow on your path of professional growth:
1. Never Stop Seeking Guidance from Superiors, Clients and Colleagues
No matter what stage you’re at in your career, these esteemed resources may seem intimidating at first. But, take a deep breath and frame up your questions, concerns or recommendations. After all, they have been in your shoes and likely have many lessons to share from their experiences.
2. Find Yourself and Your Power
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to find a balance and identify ways to improve both over time. Tap a reliable colleague to hold you accountable, ensuring you make progress. Once you’ve identified your goals and curated ways of accomplishing them, unleash your professional prowess!
3. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
The Bold Type’s Kat is the epitome of a bad apple (😉) chick! She’s a strong, independent woman who never gives up on what she believes in and always strives to be more innovative. Whether you’re a social media director like Kat, a CEO of a large corporation or an intern, it’s imperative to seek opportunities to work outside your comfort zone. Doing so pushes you to actively solve problems, research and ask questions you otherwise wouldn’t have thought about. Set a goal to do at least one thing outside of your comfort zone per week and, in no time, you’ll find yourself learning new skills and building confidence.
4. Start a Side Project You’ll Be Proud Of
To many, this may be something that pushes you to get outside your comfort zone. To others, this may be a way to incorporate a personal hobby into a professional setting. Either way, starting a side project could be exactly what takes you to the next level of your career.
Maybe you’re passionate about social media trends, so why not research ways to keep your clients on the up-and-up by proactively recommending ideas for new content ideas? After all, no one wants to be the last to the party. Or maybe your professional role doesn’t traditionally include graphic design, but you love doing these projects for family and friends. Seek an area where your company may need this strength and go for it wholeheartedly. Get creative and have fun with this task because it should ultimately reflect your passion and potentially transform your position into your dream job.
5. set a Plan and Hold Yourself to It
Only you, can make yourself do something – so make sure it’s something your passionate about. Create a plan and timeline of where you want to be professionally in the next five to ten years. Start small so you don’t get overwhelmed, and build from there. Check off your accomplishments as you go and always thank the people who helped you get where you are. Also, never forget to provide a pathway for those below you, as many did for you. At the end of the day, your company is a team and being a team player is always a desirable trait.
Although The Bold Type may be fictional, it brings attention to many professional goals. With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to becoming the bold and determined professional you always knew you could be!