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Up for a challenge? Tell ’em about it

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You're the only one who really knows what you want. So ask for it.

That’s the lesson Mackenzie Dawson learned at her first job as an entry-level newspaper writer. She longed to write feature-length stories.

Eventually, she asked the editor if she could write for the features section. Her editor’s reply? “Go for it!”

Within a few weeks, she had her first article in the features section, and she’s written features regularly ever since. She’s now an editor for the New York Post.

“It was such a simple conversation to have, but a challenge for me,” Dawson says. “I always used to think that people would automatically assume I wanted to write and that I was talented.”

The lesson: Few things fall into your lap. If you’re ready for a new challenge, ask for it.

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