We can't please everyone and we shouldn't even try. We don't have to attend every birthday party, baby shower, work event and argument we're invited to. Write down eight ways to say no, and keep the list handy. Saying no helps maintain focus and do what you really feel called to.
At the ripe old age of 33, I'm suddenly a single mom starting over. Looking out the door at my overgrown lawn, sifting through a mountain of unpaid bills, pondering trash pickup, oil changes and broken ceiling fans, I'm left wondering How did I get here?
As I am walking through the forest, my Mongolian friend, Baagi, throws up a bulky stick up into the branches of a pine tree. I stand cautiously back and look up to see two pinecones fall to the ground.
It is true that there are fewer women getting funded and building billion-dollar companies. The numbers are improving, yet we still have a long way to go. The answer to this problem is to start early and to focus on the internal factors causing this imbalance.
If you're scouting globally for entrepreneurial inspiration, check out East Africa. Western-centric business gurus have often underestimated African ingenuity, thinking it devoid of bright business ideas. Time to think again.
Once you've consciously envisioned the life you desire, it's time to consciously design your ideal business. From my perspective, this begins by defining the powerful difference you are passionate to make through your life and business.
I believe that women are hardwired to see teamwork as byproduct of change. I also believe that women make a real effort to present their authentic selves when trying to balance work/life, humanity/technology, and Me/We.
Fact: That dream you dream about all of the time, the really big-ass one that would truly mean the world to you, change your life, mean that each night when you go to sleep you know you are living on purpose?
Knowing what it feels like to be really poor and not fit in drives me to try and help other people. I'm not arrogant enough to think that I know everything women in the developing world are dealing with, but some of the psychological things we go through are exactly the same.
The world of angels and VCs is still a boy's club, and men apparently tend to invest in other men -- something investor Adam Quinton of Lucas Point Ventures (who actually does invest in women-led companies) calls "unconscious bias."
You won't always have time for a 90-minute yoga session so remember that wellness comes in different shapes and sizes. You can do something as simple as reading an entertaining blog for 10 minutes or finding a healthy recipe to try this weekend.
A few months ago, I felt like I came to a crossroads of sorts. I had been business coaching for several years at this point, I celebrated my first 6-figure year in 2013, and worked with many clients, but I felt drained and confused and messy at points too.