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Success: A Very Curvy Path

by Samira Asemanfar

February 28, 2012 | 3:13 pm

When I was first started working, I constantly doubted myself. I had this belief that there was a way to do business, a skill that I simply did not have and needed to find, like a lost hair brush in my house. I thought that if I read enough books, go to enough workshops, network with enough people I would find the “business skill.” Over the past few years, I did all those things… I read, I practiced, I implemented, I networked, I changed and grew and grew only to learn the most valuable lesson of all:

There is no one skill. It is not a straight path. It is curvy. I won’t know what lays ahead, but I can use my knowledge to present a tentative path to a tentative target. I may land on the target, I may land on one that I didn’t even anticipate or I may fall short. But along the path, there will be curves and I now know I have the ability to problem solve and grow at each point, without some special magical skill. There is no tangible skill that will make the path straighter. It only feels straighter when you stop trying to make it straight.

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After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance...

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