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The Secret to Success for Women in Pharmaceuticals

Christa B. Myers
Article - ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering

There is a secret to success. It is easy to achieve if you know what to do.

Your future is limited only by one thing. You. It takes a lot of work to be successful in anything you do. It takes work to push past limits – whether they are set by others or set by yourself. I have been working with an executive coach recently to help me clear some of my way to what the next 15 years of what life looks like. I have been in the pharmaceutical business for over 25 years and have had an array of managers. I have found that some managers are good. Some managers are bad. Some good managers have bad days. None of that is tied to my personal success. It has taken me a while to figure that out. You are the only one that can plan your way and make your way. The following steps are what I have found to be the recipe for success in climbing the ladder in the pharmaceutical industry:

  1. Define your DREAM. 
Really dream it out. Where do you want to go? How will you get there? What are the detractors? How do you overcome the detractors?
  2. Make your dream a GOAL.
Write it down.
  3. Outline a PLAN. 
Determine the steps to get to your goal. Ask for input on the plan.
  4. Execute your plan.
Follow the steps you outlined. Follow up on your plan and hold yourself accountable.

Put in the work, and your DREAM will become a REALITY. Realize that it will take time, and input, and coaching, and mentoring, and gut-wrenching thoughts and emotions to make hard decisions to move forward. Sometimes the smallest things are the most difficult to overcome.

There is a saying attributed to Thomas Edison that says:

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Don’t miss making your own opportunity.

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