Even the most assured person needs an occasional boost
Back in my college days, one of the requirements for my psychology degree was to complete a one-semester practicum out in the “real world”. I chose to work with three- and four-year olds in a daycare center.
After about a month at the center, I had proven that I could work with the kids independently for short periods of time. One day, as I was busy leading a group activity, the daycare director, John, walked in to observe. After we finished up, John walked over to me and said, “You know what? You’re bossy.”
Me, bossy? And with small children, no less? What kind of monster was I? John must have seen the stricken look on my face because he cracked a smile and said, “I like that in a person. You need to take charge of these kids. Bossiness isn’t always a bad thing.”
Indeed. I’m the eldest child in my family so I got lots of practice bossing around my two brothers when we were growing up. It started early and clearly, was still evident during my early twenties.
Over the years, I’ve learned to shape my bossiness into something more useful, like assuredness. ...