Hello SOTGC community,
Revisiting why I’ve made the decision I have to break free of the golden handcuffs of corporate America and pursue my own dreams through what another woman began has been reassuring, re-invigorating even. I’m excited to continue this journey and openly share my trials, triumphs and lessons with other women on similar paths in hopes that they too will not quit at the last failure before real success.
1. A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture.
2. The owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits.
3. A person who organizes and manages an enterprise, esp. a business, usu. with considerable initiative.
Entrepreneur: (by The Cobi Collins Dictionary of Purpose)
1. I am a person wisely mentored to organize, operate with integrity and assume the risk for my business venture in an attempt to make a significant profit and even more significant impact through considerable personal initiative. I will “do something with equal amounts of risk to reward” (Laurie Itkin, The Options Lady).
Mary Kay Ash and I shared quite a similar career experience working as sales professionals in heavily male dominated industries. In 2002, as an executive and top performer of 6 years in an organization I held in high regard with an all-male executive board , I hired and trained a new team member – a man with absolutely no experience in our industry but with the ability to learn it well. The CEO decided to bring him in at a salary and commission level higher than mine. I was told it was because he had a wife and children to support and I was single. (You can pick your jaw up off the floor now and let the shock and anger subside. 🙂 It gets us nowhere if it doesn’t propel us forward with greater purpose.) My vision is global, international business is my heart which is why I learned a couple extra languages. And with 37 global markets and new markets being opened each year, as a leader I am able to travel and help women in developing countries build a life of possibilities for their families and tribes.
I’m not interested in sharing with you fashion and makeup tips just to make your outer appearance on trend and gloss over the struggles your facial lines represent. No ma’am! I know that when we feel a little better on the outside we often treat others a little more kindly, we begin to find our inner confidence and value and it can be a gateway to making us become more open to dealing with what’s on the inside. And the truth is, the heart is where it all starts. If our hearts aren’t whole and healed, our bodies break down and cannot be their best. Our dreams get pushed to the far back recesses of our memories, too far from the front lines of our action toward purpose. No amount of icing on a lopsided cake can make that cake straight! And, as Christie Lees so wisely wrote in “How to Look Good In Everything“, “We are women, the most beautiful creatures on the planet (if you ask me). And when we stand proud and own our beauty and strength, especially on the inside, we shine our light onto the world in the most magnificent way.”
I challenge you to step a little further outside your comfort zone, temporarily sacrifice a little extra sleep, to feel the fear and do it anyway in order to gain all the rewards that await you as your pursue your purpose “with considerable initiative”. Be a girl with a sword! (Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere.) And when you need some extra help from professionals, call or email us here through SOTGC. We’re real women, not untouchables, here to help. I will help you find your way unique way to beautiful success.
Mary Kay truly believed One Woman Can… What is it that you most desire to bring about in your life and career? You can, you know? Just remember the words of Mary Kay ash when considering the accomplishments of your own mentor and role model, “What’s she got that you can’t have fixed?”
How can we at SOTGC help you make a difference in your world and the across the globe? You can do it!
Main Photo credit: courtesy of Entrepreneur Magazine June 2012