I was lucky enough to be siting at her dinner table. In our group Dr. Louann talked about how women make great entrepreneurs because we tend to be better networkers, finding the support we need outside of work to keep ourselves supported, nourished and connected. Men don’t tend to do this as much, and once they leave their corporate jobs, things are never quite the same.
When I was in my early twenties, I believe I would have been more successful had I been a better networker—involved with female support groups, mentoring and even coaching.
I didn’t know what I didn’t know–and I struggled as an early 20 something year old as a result.
Thoughts on Any Major Life Change
Often we have to go outside of what is expected of us by our families and social circles to find out who we really are. When we decide to shift in our careers, or even in another area of our life, it’s helpful to have people around us to empower us, to encourage us—to help us find the strength within ourselves to go after what we really want.
When I’m challenging myself in a new way or going outside of my comfort zone, my thoughts turn to high school when we studied the hero’s journey (think Joseph Campbell, the true philosopher behind Star Wars whose life philosophy was “follow your bliss”).
Joseph Campbell said, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”
While women go through the hero’s journey, we need support, encouragement and more than anything we need to talk about what we’re going through. Consider this coupled with the pressures on us to always be “good girls.” Many of us have dreams that are never explored–what “could be” behind that forbidden door. Often it’s full of joy and success and excitement.
Consider this quote from Oprah: “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.”
Dr. Barbara Mark and I are creating this environment for you in our co-produced workshop “Get Your Groove Back” taking place in San Francisco June 30th, You will walk away from our workshop with some key tools to help you live your fullest life, and go after the dream you’ve pushed to the back-burner.
I’m very excited to see people signing up for our workshop specifically designed for 20-somethings who are looking for more meaning out of their careers, and are looking to build the self-awareness and confidence to take the next step. Consider joining us for a rewarding Saturday afternoon. We will be doing some fun activities, not like what you did in your religious schools as kids with cut-outs and straws.
We’ll be making you a more powerful, confident and self-assured you. I promise you that.
Join the Get Your Groove Back Workshop for Career Girls. Please share with your friends.
GYGB | June 30th, 2012 | 1pm-4pm | cost: $35 | 2325 Third Street | Suite 337 | San Francisco, CA 9410
Please visit me here to sign up.