I wish I had a dime for every executive or manager who discussed their career situation with me, then said in a hushed voice, “…but there’s something else. You see, I don’t have a degree.”

Invariably, I end up spending at least 10 minutes convincing them that they are NOT alone. It seems I work with more professionals, managers, and even executives all the time who never finished (or started) college, yet were able to ascend the career ladder just the same.

What’s their secret? Not much, actually–unless you count significant strategic contributions, belief in themselves, and just plain old hard work. Maybe no one ever told them they “couldn’t” or “shouldn’t” be doing what they do best!

Put THAT in the back of your mind the next time that nagging doubt about your qualifications sets in.

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