We’d like to believe that women have finally achieved equality with men, but society shows that’s just not the case. A report from The American Council On Education looked into the connection between educated women and leadership and disclosed some far-from-fair differences. Their study found that only ¼ of America’s college professors were women, even though women accounted for more than half of America’s college students. To add to the irony, women making it as professional educators averaged $15K less per year than their male counterpart. We may believe that our education and hard work will pay off, but it clearly ain’t enough to cut the cake of equality.
So how does a modern woman make it in the business world? Do we have to take on masculine qualities to make it in business? Do success and a good salary take a beard and a suit?
I believe that we can be successful in business by being successful in life in general. I also believe that we can accomplish this by being true to ourselves. The answer lies in being a force that has no limits. And that answer lies in you…
Here are 9 tips that are meant to help women succeed in business and life:
1. Don’t Let Drama Deter You.
You don’t have time for that. You’ve got ideas and dreams waiting to be brought to life. Your time and energy are precious, so there’s no time for bullshit.
2. Use fear as a call to action.
Fear keeps us from taking action, but not doing something is an action too. When we freeze in place or we run away from the things that scare us, we’re taking a step back from where we already came. Stepping back won’t take us to new places or dizzying heights. To do that, we need to set our sight on a new destination. And moving forward is the only way we’ll get ourselves there.
3. Always accept what is.
The situation isn’t going anywhere. Instead of bruising yourself up by fighting it, you might as well welcome it on in. This radical acceptance may be the last thing on your mind, but you have to keep moving forward — your time and energy can’t be wasted. So, accept the situation and move on, or accept the challenge to change it.
4. And hold your own.
The voice of reason doesn’t come from the quiet and timid. It’s heard by standing strong and having solid convictions. If you’re going up against a strong force, you’ll need to use your strengths to reign victorious.
Be elegant. Be beautiful. Be compassionate. Be respectful. Be everything that makes you the woman that you are. We need to stand strong and hold our own, but we can’t forget the strength and power that we have as females. A strong man can fight a war, but a strong woman can find peace. Be strong as the woman that you are.
6. Celebrate your failures.
We all have room for improvement, so stop beating yourself up over every hiccup. Success is nothing but a series of well-managed failures. If you can see failures as learning opportunities, you’ll never make the same mistake twice.
The moment you do that, you throw away all your power. And that’s a damn shame because you have A LOT. And when I say a lot, I mean, like, a limitless and infinitesimal amount of power. Every single second you’re still breathing is a second of opportunity. Don’t waste time laying around feeling sorry for yourself. Turn that pity into power.
8. Strive to be better than yesterday.
You can find yourself a new role model every single day, but don’t beat yourself up for not being like them. Be the best you that you can be. If you’re going to compare yourself to anybody, compare yourself to who you were and to whom you wish to be.
We can’t expect others to love us when we don’t love ourselves. We want to be loved so bad it hurts, but that love has to start with us. So, give yourself the support and encouragement that pushes you past your limits. Be the light that keeps you moving forward through the darkest of nights. You’re going to have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. You might as well make friends.