Operating Outside Your Comfort Zone

Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

—Helen Keller

International assignments exacerbate tensions that exist in any working woman’s life because you are out of your comfort zone.

—Wiser Pauline

Your comfort zone is that sweet spot where you can perform well, with relative ease and without anxiety. When you operate within your comfort zone, your brain shifts into a kind of “automatic pilot” mode, and you perform your tasks without thinking too deeply about what you are actually doing. High levels of learning occur immediately outside of your comfort zone and can overwhelm far beyond your comfort zone ­(Figure 7.1). If you go abroad, where everything ...

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