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Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

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3 Tips for Women Who Want to be Leaders

Women Facebook COO and author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, advocates for the success of women striving to reach the top of their professions. In this book, she discusses why there should be more women in positions of power and management and how to do so. Here are 3 tips from Sandberg’s book for women whose goal is to reach the top of their careers.

  1. 1. Sit at the table
    • This act of “sitting at the table” comes from the fact that women are typically less confident and attribute their success to external factors whereas men are more confident and attribute their success to internal factors. The thing is… it is a combination of both. If you want to be successful, you have to work hard, accept help from others, but most importantly believe in your skills and capabilities. Be confident in your abilities and even when things are going rough, Sheryl recommends to “fake it until you make it.” Let your abilities be known and let your voice be heard. Sit at the table.
  2. 2. Don't leave before you leave
    • It is probably safe to say that a lot of women have thought about their futures regarding getting married and having kids and thoughts of that nature. And while it is not bad to think about those things, make sure you are not allowing those thoughts of the future to hinder your career choices before you are even at those stages of your life. Seize the opportunities that present themselves to you while you can and don’t let them pass you by before you actually have to. Don’t leave before you leave.
  3. 3. Work together
    • If we want to achieve the equality we have been seeking, it’s time to start talking about and acknowledging that the small percentage of women in upper management is an issue. Women should be working together and encouraging one another to be leaders. But we also need to remember that men are just as important in this movement as women. We need to include them in the conversation too. Let’s work together.
According to Sandberg, these tips are the kinds of messages we need to be telling ourselves, other women that work with us and for us, and our daughters. So let’s start doing that and building our future women leaders.

Own Your Career & Design Your Luck

Lucky When people look to CEOs and their companies for inspiration, most of the time all they see is the success. What people don't see is the hard work, dedication, and commitment that got those companies there. They hope to be lucky enough and maybe even rely on luck to be successful one day with their future endeavors. However, successful business owners created their own luck because they worked hard and followed their passion. The one thing all entrepreneurs need to know is that “luck” is mostly by design. Actual luck, which can be good OR bad, is only 10% of the game.

Most people just assume that when people are successful, it is because they got lucky, but co-founder of Volcom, Thom McElroy, was tired of hearing people constantly tell him how lucky he was. What people did not know was that while he was building Volcom, he was simultaneously working at his design company. From that experience, these are the three propositions Thom McElroy has shared on how to design your career and how to create your own luck:

  1. 1. Passion
    • Really dig deep and find what drives you. Be all in as you pursue the things you are passionate about and do not waste your time with what you are not.
  2. 2. Risk
    • When creating a business, there is risk in everything you do. Measure those risks and be smart as you take them. And while you may experience some fear, refusing to take any risks at is just as big a risk as any.
  3. 3. Trust
    • Believe in yourself and the talent and ethics that you have. Continue to work hard and trust the opportunities that come your way.

When it comes down to it, always remember to listen to your instincts. Pursue the things that matter to you and dive all in. If you are not passionate about what are you doing, then why are you doing it? No matter the risk, be smart. But always remember to trust yourself and allow yourself to trust others and also instill trust in the people around you. Lastly, remember to enjoy the ride because you only get to do it once.

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