- By now, you’ve probably heard the saying ‘break the glass ceiling' during your time in the corporate world. But what does it really mean? The United States Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defines the glass ceiling as "the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements."
If you have been working in the corporate world for a while, you may have experienced this unfortunate reality of the workforce. While it is common for minorities or women to feel restricted in the amount of success they can achieve at their current job, it should not be accepted as the norm and it should be challenged.
Below are a few ways to break free of the metaphorical chains of the corporate glass ceiling and start working towards being the success story you can be.
Realize that you don’t have to stay in a position or with a company that doesn’t serve you.
You are in charge of your own happiness, destiny, and future. Although it may sound scary and intimidating, one of the most important things you can do is realize that this is not your only option.
Understand, recognize and honor your worth.
It may sound a bit cliché, but when you truly speak your worth into existence, you will start to recognize just how valuable you are. You should be able to live up to your full potential and have the ability to achieve your goals and dreams without anyone standing in your way.
Now that you have the self-confidence necessary to take the next step, it’s time to act on it.
It’s one thing to tell yourself that you can do something, but it’s a whole different thing to actually do it. So, how can you break through the glass ceiling while working at a company that doesn’t see your value? Leave. Yes, you read that correctly. You have the ability to walk away from things that no longer serve you—your job may be one of them.
- Find a new job where disruptions from minorities and females are welcomed, such as F45 Training, or where glass ceilings are a distant memory from a job you once had. The right company will empower you to pursue your passions, push boundaries and become the best person and employee you can be. There are companies out there that will not put a limit on your success or try to keep you confined to the invisible shackles of the corporate world. Do you want to stay stagnant forever, or do you want to emerge on the other side feeling empowered and ready to take on the world? The choice is ultimately yours.
If you are looking to make the switch from your corporate job to a job that will allow you to grow and reach your full potential, consider looking inward to explore options. Ask yourself: what would you enjoy doing each and every day? What gives you the sense of drive, purpose, and motivation to want to be more and to achieve more? Is there a company out there that can give you the tools you need to pursue your dream career?
Walking away from a corporate role can be scary, yet exciting. With the right company and the proper business model to guide you, you can forge your own path and create a life that you love. You are strong, capable and you do not need to shrink yourself to fit the mold of a corporate box. Will you break free?