Trusting your gut as a business journalist
Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network writes on LinkedIn about why she left CNBC after 20 years.
Here is an excerpt:
I just celebrated my one year anniversary here at FOX and I must admit — I am pretty happy with my decisions, which at the time, were not so clear cut. It takes courage to leave a place you are comfortable with for the promise of change and growth. But that’s what I did. And highly recommend it.
I knew I needed to stretch myself. To want to keep growing in my profession for a long time. I am still growing and learning. I wanted to get away from the “sound byte ” and “the latest trade ” and “knee jerk reaction” and dig deeper into bigger, more long term oriented stories. Stories that matter to people’s lives. Not just traders but the broad public. When Roger Ailes offered me the chance to anchor a Sunday morning program, I knew it was a huge opportunity to do just that. Every weekend we begin the show looking at foreign policy, and its impact, at the international economy and much broader issues than I had the chance to do where I was.
Similarly, the chance to look at big issues that are pocketbook issues for America instead of always looking at the stock market reaction and being so stock market centric also allowed me to stretch myself. So even though I was comfortable where I was, I knew I would not be happy unless I was constantly learning and growing in my craft. I did not see a path to that. So yes I think it required courage to make a change because everything was just fine and great where I was. But I am happy I trusted myself and my instincts to stick my neck out and try these things even though I didn’t really know how it would turn out. You have to trust your gut. You have to know what your heart tells you is true.
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