It can be hard to say "yes" to new opportunities, especially if they pull you out of your comfort zone. But agreeing to, or even strongly considering, every opportunity that comes your way is crucial to advancing your career.
"You learn so much with each new role," says Wasson, who worked at the retail pharmacy company for 34 years. "It's always an opportunity to learn."
The former CEO started at the health chain as an intern, while he was a pharmacy student, before eventually managing a Walgreens drugstore.
He was promoted to district manager and soon became the company's regional vice president. He was then given the opportunity to run all of Walgreens' health services, which "did everything non-drugstore related," before becoming the chain's COO and ultimately its CEO in 2009.
Each role brought him to a new region in the U.S. and also challenged his thinking, which "kept it new and exciting," says Wasson. He adds, "I wanted to do the best I could in every position. I was highly competitive." And his bosses took note.