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    shutterstock_334072901This is the real time, a surreal time when obstacles fall away

    By simply approaching them and encroaching on a new field of play

    I go where I want because suddenly nothing is too tough

    No barrier is too tall, no opponent is too rough to defeat me

    Today, this year, or the remainder of my time here

    No ogre, no monster, no bully, no evildoer

    Will be the boss of me or scare from moving forward

    Suddenly it’s clear, this is no time to stall or stray

    This no time to malinger, no time to delay

    I demand rather than declare

    I command rather than dare

    Now I am in charge of my time, my mind and my career

    It took me quite a while to find out the truth

    This life is a jagged path

    There are no perfect routes

    I have found my way home on my own in the dark

    So I am not afraid to go out on my own anymore

    I am not afraid of hearing there might be closed doors

    Or that people won’t approve or vote yes or pitch in

    I am on a road worth traveling even if I am alone

    There is freedom ahead and what could be a bigger win

    Than relying on myself and getting away from the din

    Of naysayers and grumblers and bullies and bears

    I rise on the heat of all their hot air

    Yes, that’s me way up high, above and ahead

    In a place of my own, where no could have led me

    Because each of us has a unique way, we must find

    Our own place called success that’s uniquely sublime

    So stop trying to steal mine, compete with me or else

    You will lose your precious battle, which is really with yourself

    When you find your own path, you will love what you see

    I’ll be happy for you, because I am happy with me

    Feel free to ignore me if you can’t bear my zeal

    Because this is my time, my path and my purpose for real

    Nance Rosen, MBA is author of Speak Up! & Succeed: How to get everything you want in meetings, presentations and conversations. She blogs at NanceRosenBlog.com. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Business and Management continuing executive education program. Formerly, Nance was a marketing executive at the Coca-Cola Company, president of the Medical Marketing Association, first woman director of marketing in the Fortune 500 technology sector, host of International Business on public radio and NightCap on television, an entrepreneur and a general manager at Bozell Advertising and Public Relations (now Omnicom).

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