You have to be brave.
Either you got it or you don’t.
Well, that’s not really true.
It should be, “Either you choose to have it or you don’t”.
When I was working as a Business Consultant, I was surrounded by men. Other than the admins, there was only one other woman who worked as a business consultant like me, but I was the one who had kids. I was the only mom in the whole New England market of a global corporation. Can you believe it?! Sure, there were other women who came and went over my tenure, but I was the only mom who pushed on. I loved what I did, but the job made me work some crazy hours. And because I had to work so much to appease a hierarchy of “suits”, I felt out of control.
Finally, someone saw I was doing things the hard way and offered me some refreshing advice. During an annual review, my supervisor sat me down and told me something I still tell myself and pass on to others. He told me, “Work smarter, not harder”. Simple words to live by for sure.
That is what I needed to hear to flip a switch in my head and change the way I was doing things.
So? What happened?
I changed myself.
My way of thinking, my approach to work, my approach towards my clients – I changed it. What happened is not only did I earn my bonus that following year, but I made a huge bonus the year after that! And I owe it all to that tidbit of advice that I turned into a personal mantra, “Work smarter, not harder.”
It’s amazing what some good advice can do to a person.
I just finished reading a book that makes you focus on the way you talk to yourself. You know, that voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough and shouldn’t even try?
You can tell that voice to go away.
Do you realize the only person standing in the way of yourself is you?
Carrie Green is an entrepreneur who wrote the book, “She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur”, available on Amazon*.
Her story is amazing.
When she was 20 years old and going to school, Carrie started an online business of unlocking cell phones. Unfortunately, Carrie didn’t feel fulfilled and realized she had to change herself if she really wanted to achieve success. So, in 2011, Carrie did something wild and created a members-only group for women entrepreneurs. She admits she had no idea what she was doing! Fortunately she was stubborn enough to know she was going to do it. Carrie pushed on. That group, called The Female Entrepreneur Association, now has over 270,000 subscribers worldwide! Oh, and she has two TEDx Talks on YouTube too.
In the book, Carrie also shares many inspiring stories about women who wanted to make a change in their lives and built successful businesses on their own. The one thing they all have in common is the way they learned to talk to themselves.
“Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, [Carrie Green] offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you:
• Get clear on your business vision
• Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way
• Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them
• Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers, and customers
• Manage your time, maintain focus, and keep going in the right direction
• Condition yourself for success . . .”
5-star reviews! Whoo-hoo!
You can read all the 5-star reivews raving about how it changes a person’s perspective and how helpful the simple exercises are. If you want to improve your business and have a different outlook about your future, I highly recommend you purchase She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green. It’s available on Amazon* and is a smart investment for your future.
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