Last week WomenCentric.net posed a question via Twitter---"Women in business, what is your best advice?"
Initially I wanted to reply right away with an answer like
"work-life balance" or "setting a consistent weekly schedule to ensure
structure and organization." And while those answers are credible, the
more I thought about it, the more my tip for women business owners
became crystal clear. Support, support, support one another and celebrate
every success, no matter how big or small.
ourselves and fellow shero entrepreneurs.
Out of all the available
advice, why chose this as my answer? The justification is simple. There is no need to
compete with one another nor crucify ourselves when the fruits of our
business labor may take longer to grow than we had hoped. When we see those around us experiencing grand success, we need to stop running on the hamster wheel and take a moment to recognize their accomplishments and our own success as well.
It's a great
time for women in business! Many of us are launching companies alongside our friends or mentors. Some women experience magnetic client or media attraction and profitability right out of the
gate while others really earn their sweat equity and ROP (return on
patience). Not everyone has the same resources or target market, klout
or connections. So the next time you read about a rockstar female
entrepreneur, don't start the "I'm never going to get there, maybe I
should just give up" or "Good for Jane but I see how long that's going
to last. There's going to be a bottleneck in her ability to scale."
Instead, send some support, good vibes and thoughts of appreciation with regard to all that
you can learn from a trailblazer. Then, pat yourself on the back for
your hard work and increase your deposits of patience.
I received the best reinforcement of this ideology this past summer
while I participated in a tele-seminar led by Tory Johnson. As Tory
recapped some words of "womenpreneur wisdom", she shared that one woman had approached her recently and
stated "My overnight success took me ten years." I nearly cried after hearing about this particular woman's willingness to commit to success while patiently
waiting ten years for it to pay off.
So I leave you with this. As women in business, we
don't know how long or where our journeys may lead yet one thing is
certain. There will be a lot of naysayers or people who just don't get
our commitments to self employment success along the way. So the best thing you can do
is really, truly, meaningfully support one another. Publicly praise
those paving the way for your shining moment, practice patience with
yourself and your results. Most importantly, enjoy the evolution of your
character along the way.
That's my best business advice. What's yours?
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