Earlier this month I attended an amazing event called Shine with Ali Brown in Dallas Texas where hundreds of women entrepreneurs gather to learn and inspire. There were over 500 women from different countries, different colors, different businesses and different ages. But all of us had one thing in common – we all have a mission and we are willing to do whatever it takes.
The study shows that the average age of women who start a business is mid 30s and 40s because that’s the time when many of us start asking ourselves questions like:
- What do I really want?
- What is the meaning of my life?
- What is it that I’m meant to do in my life?
For women business is something very personal. It has to be something we feel passionate, helps others and fulfills our heart and soul. And having own business is best way for self growth because it makes us face our deepest fear and desire. Every one of us has unique purpose and so much potential, and it thrilled me to see so many women stepping up and showing to the world what we can do to change the world.
Here are the 8 lessons I learned from the successful women entrepreneurs I met during the event and I’m sure they’ll guide you to live more fulfilling and success life.
1. Everything you want is outside of your comfort zone
Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different result. If you are not satisfied with the current level happiness, relationships, wealth and fulfillment, it means you have to do differently to get a different result. And if you want bigger happiness, bigger money and bigger fulfillment, you have to make a bigger leap. It can be scary and uncomfortable, but what makes a woman successful is willingness to be uncomfortable.
2. Rewarding thing in life takes risk
What are the 5 most amazing experiences you’ve had in your life? I bet almost everything involved some level of risk, doesn’t it? If there is no risk, there is no reward. If there is no risk, life is boring. It’s all up to you whether you perceive it as a risk or opportunity.
3. Try everything. You’re not going to find “the ultimate destiny” until you get up and move that butt!
If you just meditate and expect a message from the god or universe, you’d be where you are even after 5 or 10 years. Nothing will happen if you don’t take action. The universe will show you the way only when you are truly committed and willing to do whatever it takes.
4. Success is never a straight line. It’s always up and down, detour and zigzag.
Eddie Cantor said “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” Many people don’t realize years of hard work behind a success. Obstacles are part of the game. It’s not that only few people succeed, but most people give up.
5. There is no such thing as a balance
Many women say they want balance. But what is balance? When things are balanced, there is no movement. If there is no movement, there is no progress. You have to know what’s important for you and decide your priority. Read my article “Work life balance for women: Why you should never try to manage your time.
6. You may not be able to have it all at the same time
Being a business owner, you may not have all the time you want for your children. There are times you have to make a tough choice, but never regret your decision. You are running a business because you are passionate and you are fulfilling your mission. If you are living for your higher purpose, your children will understand and respect you someday. Remember your children will see the world through your life. If you want your children to be a successful leader and change maker when they grow up, show them through your action.
7. Surround yourself with successful and positive people
You will be the average of 5 people you spend the most time with. Stay away from people with limiting thoughts, negative believes, gossips and complains because they will eat away your dreams! Consciously choose people who are always happy, positive and share same vision and belief with you. This is probably the most important lesson for your success.
8. Have a mission bigger than you
Don’t underestimate what one woman can do to the world. And it starts from every one of us. Every woman should have something that she finds meaning and purpose of her life, and it must be bigger than just being a mother, wife or employee. We touch and influence so many people’s lives. I truly believe this word, “If you want to change the world, empower women”.
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