Just Be You—Career Success Will Follow

From the time I was a child, whatever I lacked in financial resources and opportunity, I made up for with hard work, drive, and a winning smile. And that worked for much of my life—I excelled at basketball, demonstrated the values of my Indian heritage that my parents had instilled in me, put myself through college, and landed opportunities in financial services—from Amish country to Wall Street—that were worthy of all my ambition. I was succeeding, but I was holding myself back because I was keeping a huge secret from co-workers, friends, and loved ones. I was hiding my sexual orientation, and it was taking up so much mental and emotional energy that I was, at times, perceived as aloof and disconnected by leaders and colleagues, despite my passion and enthusiasm for my career.

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Amita Mehta