LaRae Quy was an FBI undercover and counterintelligence agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. LaRae is the author of “Secrets of a Strong Mind” and “Mental Toughness for Women Leaders: 52 Tips To Recognize and Utilize Your Greatest Strengths.” If you’d like to find out if you are mentally tough, get her free 45-question Mental Toughness Assessment. Follow her on Twitter.
You'll need to do more than just be competent. Here's a guide.
Create your own career success by taking initiative and embracing change.
Learning from success is difficult but necessary to truly improve ourselves.
It’s stupid to pretend that you don’t have flaws or weaknesses. Instead, be smart and get ahead of them so they don’t sabotage you when you’re confronted with a stressful situation.
Not everyone wants to be agreeable, but you'll need to figure out how to work with them.
If your friends aren't good for you, you have two choices: Move on, or let them drag you down.
One of the dumbest things you can do in your career is stay, for years, where you’re comfortable.
Visualize your fears to help overcome them and perform better.
Failure can be the end, or it can be a step along the path to success.
Life is hard. Pain is inevitable. Growth is optional. It takes grit to look at life as a series of problems to be solved.