I have been an administrator, an HR leader, an IT manager, a volunteer and a board chairperson. I often say that I didn't choose my career, it chose me. Thing is, in my 20's I didn't know what I was capable of. In my 30's I was raising babies. In my 40's I was divorced and starting over with two elementary school daughters. And at 41 I found myself leaping into - of all things - an IT career - after saying I could NEVER ever do that kind of work. I'm a right-brained introvert whose passion is people. The truth of the matter is I ended up here - where I am now - as ASUG's HR Community Advocate, without a plan, without much of a career strategy. But how and why I was able to advance through unique positions and careers is all a matter of simply stretching.
I stretched to join ASUG. I stretched to go to ASUG conferences and events alone. I stretched to become a speaker, then a volunteer and then even further to join the board of directors. I cannot tell you the number of times I was scared, felt "out of my element", or thought "why would anyone want to listen to me?"
We all have room to stretch. We all can be whoever or whatever we want to be. We have to stretch ourselves to get there.