Let’s Empower Other Women

Advice + Inspiration, Uncategorized

This is something that has been so incredibly prominent in my daily life now more than ever.

So much so that I have joined a Women in Business Club, joined a couple of Girl Boss Blogging Groups, etc.

It’s easy, as women, to see other women as a threat or competition, but in reality we should be working together.

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As I am becoming a young professional, I’m beginning to realize that we need to encourage each other more and more. Joining new groups has opened my eyes to how much potential we have for change.

Today, in the Women In Business meeting I attended, the topic of conversation was:

“Let’s Be Real- About Our Fears”

In this conversation, we discussed our big picture goals and the fears that come with striving for them.

For me, I have always been concerned with the “work/life balance”. Being in this group, it was comforting to know I was not alone in this worry. Many other women voiced the stress that comes with thinking about having a family while striving to become a successful career woman. Other women talked about their choice not to have children and the negative comments that they have received from voicing this. Sadly, these are things many women worry about.

So, being in a group with ambitious women and being able to have open conversations with each other about our dreams and fears is huge. We all have fears and knowing that you have an amazing support group who mutually encourages each other makes working through them much easier.

I want to end this blog post with a Ted Talk that was introduced at the beginning of the meeting. Just some food for thought and advice from the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. Definitely check it out!

 

Tomorrow I will post about Podcasts that are based around empowering women- I have been obsessed lately!

Thanks for reading. Let’s inspire and encourage each other today.

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What’s Really Holding You Back?

Advice + Inspiration, Uncategorized

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality”

Why do we let fear control our experiences when 99.9% of the things we worry about never end up happening?!

Can you imagine how different your life would be if your thoughts weren’t constantly  self-defeating?

While fear can be beneficial to us in some cases, like keeping us away from dangerous situations, it can also be damaging by preventing us from growing and living a peaceful life. Think about all of the opportunities you’ve missed by letting fear take over.

I think that the most inspiring people I’ve met seem to be fearless. They aren’t afraid to speak up, take risks, and can talk to virtually anybody confidently. How did they get to be this way?

Being curious, I listened to a podcast with a series of interviews about becoming fearless. One of interviewees, in the podcast, described how he got over one of his biggest fears- swimming. By the end of 3 months, he had not only learned how to swim, but ended up swimming two miles in the ocean. He describes how he felt in this moment: invincible. Not only did he conquer his fears, he mastered them. He explains how this experience led him to the realization that he had the capability to achieve much more than he had thought and that he had been letting fear limit his whole life.

At the end of the podcast, another interviewee revealed one of his strategies to overcoming his daily fears. He calls it fear-setting. His strategy has three parts:

Define, Prevent, Repair. 

He said that writing out your fears is key to putting them to rest. So, he has a journal where he divides his pages into define, prevent, and repair columns.

In the first column, he defines his fear. For example: “I won’t do well on my presentation next week”.

In the second, he writes what he can do to prevent this from happening like “I will practice 10 times this week”.

In the third column, he writes how he can repair the situation if the bad things happens anyways: “I will realize that I’m not perfect and there is room for growth”.

 

If you wan’t to learn more about the insights from this practice, look up Tim Ferriss. I believe he also has a Ted Talk that you can watch on the topic!

 

4 People who will Make you Believe That Anything is Possible

Advice + Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”

– Thomas Edison

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Colonel Sanders

(KFC founder) dropped out in the sixth grade. He was rejected 1009 times before finding a taker for his chicken recipe. At what age? 65!!!

IMAGINE: If he decided it was too late in his life.

 

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Walt Disney

He was turned down 302 times before getting financing for his idea of Walt Disney World.

IMAGINE: If he gave up at 302.

 

 

 

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Vera Wang

She used to be a figure skater and a fashion editor. At age 40, she got married and designed her own wedding dress. After that, she decided that she wanted to launch her first collection.

IMAGINE: If she never had the courage to change career paths.

 

 

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Ralph Lauren

He started out selling ties, and convinced the company he was working for at the time to let him come up with his own line. Initially, he tried selling his line to Bloomingdales, who said that the only way they would buy was if he made his ties thicker and removed his logo. This was a huge company to sell to, but under these circumstances, he declined. A few weeks later, they called him back and said they couldn’t find any ties that were like his, and would buy them as is.

IMAGINE: If he had agreed to the first offer. Would his brand be what it is today?

 

Passionate about something? It’s never too late to start.

Rejected 1000 times? What if 1001 is it?

Passion & Persistence are key.