Who run the world? GIRLS.
Now, more than ever, women are feeling empowered to become the masters of their own destiny and to really pursue their dreams and go after their goals. I think that is super powerful, and we are helping to change the world as we know it. Women are becoming CEOs, CFO’s, CCO’s, founders, owners, and a whole other range of powerful titles.
And that’s important, because it’s crucial that the world starts to look more like us. But, it’s not easy getting there, and there are some things I want to share with other people who are looking to be in a leadership role. Whether you’re looking to get a promotion or change your job completely, there are important things to understand and know (that I wish someone told me) as you make your way to the top. Now I’m not by any means saying that I’ve peaked, but I always like to look inwards, reflect, and share what I’ve learned so that I can help others on a similar journey.
Here are 10 quick and easy tips for becoming an empowered and powerful female entrepreneur.
1. Use your Voice
While you may have people in your corner, no one’s going to do the cheering for you. Learn to be confident using your voice and don’t be afraid to put your opinion out there. Being a leader means knowing that your opinion is valuable.
2. Don’t Give Up
Let me tell you — you are going to experience pitfalls, setbacks, bumps in the road, failures, mistakes, you name it. Even when you think everything is going perfectly, chances are something is going to get in your way. That’s okay! Setbacks are necessary, and they teach you how to pivot and try again. Treat these obstacles as the best learning experiences, because it will make you much more smarter and better at your job than your “wins.”
3. Surround Yourself with the Right People
You can surround yourself with two different groups of people, neither of which will be greatly beneficial to you in the long run. The first is mistake is to surround yourself with “yes” people, people who will tell you every idea is good no matter what or who won’t tell you even if you’re wrong. The other mistake is to surround yourself with people who aren’t encouraging, who do the exact opposite of support you. Above people who say “yes” or “no”, find people that are honest — people that will tell you if you’re getting too arrogant and who will also be right there to clap for you when you win. Hangout with people who inspire you, who you can learn from, and who want you (and your business) to the best best it can be.
4. Figure Out Your Niche
Do you thrive in a busy, high-stress environment, or do you prefer to work in a laidback setting with minimal deadlines? Does going into work and looking professional motivate you, or do you create your best work at home in your pj’s? Everyone is different, and each of us will thrive in a different environment. Find out where, what time, and how you work best.
5. Take Personal Time
You can’t pour from an empty cup, so don’t expect to create your best work if you’re chronically fatigued or exhausted. Our bodies need time to rest and recover, and you can’t do that if you’re working 24/7. It’s okay to take a rest, it’s okay to turn off your phone and disconnect for awhile. Try to find even just 15 minutes a day to do something that calms you down — whether that’s a swim, a hot bath, reading a book, or going for a walk.
6. Don’t Get Stagnant
Stagnation is the root of failure in any business, because it signals an inability to improve and get better. In business and in life, you should always seek more, something bigger, and think about what’s next. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel satisfied and happy with where you are right now! But, the world is constantly changing, and it’s important to keep up with it if you want to reach new heights.
7. Ask for Help
Lots of women I know feel the need to do it alone, but it’s okay to ask for help. You can learn from other’s failures as well as find people in your life who can chip in when you need it. Whether it’s someone to help look after your kids, clean your house, or assist you with your business, find people who can help you tackle things so that you can be the best businesswoman possible.
8. Follow Your Gut
Your gut knows what’s up, so learn to listen to it. If you’re faced with a touch decision, really tune in to what your body is trying to tell you. Sometimes, even if it sounds crazy, your gut is telling you to just go after something and do it, even if it might not make sense at the time. Has that ever happened to you? When something feels right, don’t question it, just go for it.
9. Always Learn
The only way to grow as a business or as a leader is to always keep yourself open to learning. If you were to learn one thing about any successful business person, it would be that they are obsessed with becoming smarter and more knowledgeable. From books to podcasts, there are so many (free!) resources to constantly improve upon what you know. Be open to learning any and all things.
10. Dream BIG
For whatever reason, women are good at doubting themselves. Of course, the future is not certain, and who knows if it’s going to work out or not. What I do know though is this: if you don’t go for it, if you don’t pursue your passion, you will regret it. And who wants to get to the end of their life and regret not having the guts to follow their dreams? Nobody.Tap into what you want to achieve and make it happen. Write it down, put it onto a dream board. Whatever your success looks like, don’t underestimate your potential and definitely don’t be afraid to dream big. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.”
Being gutsy, listening to your intuition, and understanding that your potential is limitless will get you very far in life. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.