I grew up to be a soft skills trainer instead of a doctor or lawyer, but Mom’s message stayed with me my entire childhood and beyond: I can be anyone or do anything I want. Of course, mothers are often their daughters’ first female inspirational figures. But I’ve also followed the advice of other women I admire, many of whom were not only great leaders and visionaries, but also strong role models.
All have helped shape my career and made me a better business person — and a better person overall. Here are of the most important lessons I have learned from them, and you may too.
1. Roll with it.
One of the realities of business (and life) is that there are bad times as well as good times and you need to know how to deal with both. As Maya Angelou wrote in her classic book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, one should be “hoping for the best, prepared for the worst and unsurprised by anything in between.” This poetic mantra rings true for me and many women entrepreneurs.
While there is no easy way to get through a crisis, I find that practicing facing challenges with sound mind is the true way of winning.
2. Do it your way.
When I was in middle school, I read The Fountainhead and Atlas, Shrugged by Ayn Rand. She often wrote about powerful women breaking through the male-dominated business world of the 1940s. And, from a young age, I was inspired by how these books showed it was possible for women to accomplish anything with a clear vision, dedication and the will to carve out their own path.
I have used these inspirations in my adult life as an entrepreneur. Many times, I have stuck with a vision that only I could see. I have had to break through doubt, but I have also been open to listening to other people’s suggestions, in order to succeed. I have learned to trust my gut, rather than data, because I just felt that it could work.
I have started was surrounding myself with top-notch people who trusted my ability to see opportunity, had the skill set to help get my business to where I want it to go and were willing to take a risk.
3. Find the right friends.
Oprah Winfrey is a role model for many businesswomen, and she has offered much sage advice over the years. One of my favorite messages from her is to “surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” And that resonates with me, because there are times in everyone’s life when we need our friends to help us work through problems, offer advice and pick us up when we are down.
As Oprah said, you want people who will build you up — not bring you down. I’ve made an effort to cultivate my tribe of women from various backgrounds and interests as well as to foster friendships with women in my business and industry.
4. Create adequate “me” space.
In her book, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert discussed how easily a person can quickly fall apart from too much work, too much stress or too much pressure. Her message was that you always need to take time for yourself. Only then can you begin to balance your business life with your home and family life.
I have followed Gilbert’s lead, by always blocking out time on my daily calendar for just me, whether that might be for a short meditation, a longer workout or dedicated time to spend time on my hobbies, But I have found, as Gilbert did, that it is beneficial not only for me, but for everyone around me, that I take time to feed my soul so I can be the best version of myself for them.
Learn from people :
commonalty watch people. Listen, see and observe very minutely in closely working with them. i always found new learning. Keep people at right distance that i had learn from them. You must know that who is to be kept at what distance. People do share inspirational nd instructional messages to you by their behavior in day to day life. I constantly watch it and try to become better one. Live people are the greatest resource.
cool fire :
This attitude i had learn from one of my close friend.” Hemu Gandhi “. I find him with fire. Very active fire inside him is constantly burning. Once, you tell him than you are free and he is active. Super commitment and super execution. From outside , he is cool. Absolute mild, cool and silent. even, he uses less words but i find him extremely committed to work. He always think and act for your betterment. How best he can do for you, so you look brighter than reality.
Handling pressure :
I strongly believe that growth is not possible without pressure. you have to face challenges and handle multi priorities. Sometimes, it creates pressure. You feel lots of stress also. But growth is not possible without executing those challenges. Pressure free growth is not possible. You have to go for