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Why Not You?

Mary Kier, CEO Executive Search

The Super Bowl is now concluded and the Seattle Seahawks emerged victorious. Russell Wilson, Seattle’s QB, has been quoted as saying at the start of the season:

I remember my dad asking me one time, and it's something that has always stuck with me: “Why not you, Russ?” You know, why not me? Why not me in the Super Bowl? So in speaking to our football team earlier in the year, I said, “Why not us? Why can't we be there?

The whole thought process of “why not me?” is now a part of my every day routine and I encourage everyone to do the same. I know I can do most anything if I put my mind to it, work hard at it, and stay with it to completion.  And if I don’t win, what have I lost? Nothing. But I have the comfort of knowing I pushed myself to be the very best I can be. 

The other side of the “why not me” concept is not necessarily about winning but rather about holding ourselves accountable. It isn’t enough to wonder how something can get done without trying to do something, or to complain about a situation without being part of the solution. I believe it is up to each individual to look inside and determine what it is
that can be done, with a little more effort, with more time, and perhaps even with a little help from others. So much can be accomplished in life and in business by simply asking ourselves “why not me?” What’s the point of sitting on the sidelines?

Some time ago I used this Goethe quote with my company: “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.” That’s the “why not me?” thought process in action. It’s simply doing things ourselves and being confident enough and believing in ourselves enough to know that believing in the possibilities in life can bring us to success.

Since it is a new year, I’ll sign off this quarterly note with the following wish for 2014 – borrowed from someone more poetic than me:

I wish you every rich and good thing and the time to enjoy it all. I wish you health for yourself and your family. I wish you the wisdom to recognize and count your blessings, and the courage to face the troubled situations that are an inevitable part of life. I wish you the talent for finding joy in each day, no matter what your circumstances.

It’s a new year – dare the impossible and do the incredible. And above all, ask yourself “why not me?”



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Mary Kier is Chief Executive Officer of Cook Associates and a member of the board of directors of InterSearch Worldwide. In addition to her role as CEO, Mary also heads the firm's Consumer & Retail and Diversity & Inclusion practices. Throughout her 27-year search career with Cook Associates, Mary has conducted hundreds of executive search assignments for a vast array of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized organizations, private equity groups and their portfolio companies as well as privately held businesses.