The Best Advice for Women Looking to Advance in Their Career

Mary Guirovich
3 min readMar 3, 2022

There are a lot of women looking to advance in their careers, but they’re afraid they don’t have what it takes or that they aren’t “management material.” Perhaps you’ve had mentors in your life, even other women, telling you that you should never ask for a promotion — believe it or not, that was actual advice that was given to me. Maybe your own fear and self-doubt are sabotaging the courage you need to advance. Whatever it is keeping you stuck in the shadows, I have one solid piece of advice that you can and should take if you’re ever going to level up in your career. Here it is:

Stop waiting and take action.

Many people, women especially, allow fear and self-doubt to swallow their dreams whole, resulting in a life of sitting, waiting, and wishing just like that one Jack Johnson song.

There are legitimate reasons why we wait around for advancement:

  1. We find it more rewarding for someone else to notice our hard work.
  2. We’re afraid of rejection and someone telling us “no.”
  3. We’re afraid we will get the position and not be ready
  4. We’ve tried asking before in the past and haven’t gotten the results we wanted.

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Mary Guirovich

Mary Guirovich is the CEO of My Promotion Plan a company that empowers women to go from passed over to promoted. And the author of “God’s Not Done with You.”