Seeking a stretch assignment means being ready to take some risks, a behavior embraced by most successful men and women. I admit it can be scary, but it also has a large payoff if you do it consistently. Every time I’m asked to do something new (the first time I did a live TV segment, the first time I emceed at a large conference, or presented to an audience of CEOs), I was nervous. I always wonder if I can pull it off. Those nerves always keep me focused, help me prepare, and ask questions of experts whom I trust. And then, I take the leap and give it my best.