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As a manager at a tech company, Avery Augustine knows all about the career fears many of us face. She also knows they must be overcome — at least if you want to grow as an employee and continue advancing in your field. In a great Daily Muse post titled “5 Career Fears Everyone Has (That You Should Get Over Today),” Augustine lists a series of things you should no longer be afraid of. Read on and get ready to see what she suggests.

1. Scheduling Meets With the Boss — Bosses are like the rest of us: They’re super busy. You can’t sit around and wait for them to schedule one-on-one progress meetings, and according to Augustine, these meetings “can be incredibly helpful to your career advancement and success in your individual position within the department.” Take the initiative and get on your supervisor’s calendar.

2. Calling Instead of Emailing — Everyone loves email. It’s fast and convenient, but it’s not always the best approach. As Augustine says, picking up the phone can sometimes be even quicker, and when you’re speaking to someone directly, you can ask for clarification in ways you simply can’t over email. Suck it up and dial!

3. Handing In Not-Quite-Finished Products — You might not be sure about that latest report you’re working on, but when you get stuck, Augustine says, it’s better to give the boss something than it is to obsess over it and risk being late. After all, the boss can probably offer valuable insights and guide you toward the finish line.

4. Checking With the Boss Before Saying “Yes” — Sometimes, it’s hard to say no. When a coworker from another department comes with an assignment, you want to seem like a team player, and if you’re new at the company, you might figure you don’t have the leeway to say “no.” But according to Augustine, it’s OK — and indeed helpful — to clear such requests with your boss before agreeing to help out. “Failing to evaluate these outside assignments,” Augustine writes, “can lead to wasted time and a focus on the wrong priorities.”

5. Seeking Feedback — You just gave a big presentation or handed in a major report. The boss hasn’t said anything about the quality one way or the other. What should you do? While it’s only natural to fear a lousy review, that shouldn’t stop you from asking for feedback. “Without feedback, you’re not going to get better,” Augustine writes. “Without knowing how you can improve, you simply won’t. You’ll continue to do things the way you always have.”