She’s not your competition; Day thirty

blog headerIf you get ahead, does that make me smaller? For some people the answer appears to be ‘yes’ and as a result they spend their energy cutting down those who set off on a path that makes them stand out. We can become intimidated by the brilliance in another person.  Australia and some other Western countries use the term the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ to describe a social phenomenon that causes everyday people to attack, resent and ‘cut down to size’ people with outstanding talents or achievements.

But the contrasting position is that another person’s victory need not make you or me any smaller. Our smallness happens when we live a life of comparison whereby another’s victory means my defeat. Rather we need to champion people who are forging ahead, trying new things, taking new territory – this enlarges our world and provides goals and benchmarks that we may never have imagined. We applaud this kind of achievement and risk-taking in the international athletic world but struggle to acknowledge the efforts of those performing in our own.

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About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".