As a strong, motivated woman striving to succeed professionally and in your personal life, think about standing on the shoulders of giants—metaphorically, not literally. Because we aren’t living in a fairytale, the saying implies that we should learn from the successful women who have come before us. By learning from their rights and wrongs, you can make progress and own a business that will be thriving for years to come.
Instead of competing with the successful women who have come before you, looking up to them for advice and guidance will better serve you. They have forged a path for you to follow, and learning from them is essential to your personal growth and success. Surrounding yourself with like-minded and supportive women will help you achieve success, wealth, and even happiness sooner.
We’ve got the answers if you’re stuck wondering how to stand on the shoulders of giants.
Find a mentor
The first step in finding a giant—whoops, we mean mentor—is thinking about the people you look up to professionally and personally. Once you’ve determined the woman that inspires you the most, all you need to do is ask them for coffee. During the meet-up, share your own goals, and be sure to pick their brain about everything they’ve been able to accomplish. Soak up everything they say, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Running a business on your own can be extremely challenging at times, but it’s much less daunting if you have someone in your life that you can look up to. Learning from other women is imperative to your growth and success.
Immerse yourself in a community
By surrounding yourself in a community of supportive, driven women, you’ll feel much more motivated and less anxious about the future. Forging relationships with other successful women can ensure your journey is enjoyable, shorter, and even more fruitful.
Through conversations with your new sisterhood, you’ll learn new skills, make connections that can be helpful down the road, open yourself up to new opportunities, and have fun. Plus, your newfound friends can support you when you hit a roadblock or feel discouraged.
Be open to suggestions from others
When you are closed off to suggestions from others and their opinions, it’s hard to grow. By being open-minded, you will learn more, harness your creativity, and even look at things differently. For example, if you’ve hit a bump in the road, talking with your mentor and other successful females can give you the tools needed to overcome the challenge that you are faced with.
Being receptive to the advice and suggestions of others can bring you opportunities and a renewed sense of confidence. Through your open-mindedness, others will see that you are willing to listen to others and consider the possibility that you may not be correct. Sometimes a change in your perspective is all you need to get back on track with your personal and professional endeavors.
By listening to other peoples’ opinions, ideas, and suggestions, you’ll learn how to work better in a team, which is a skill that will get you very, very far.
No matter your goal, relying on the ideas of successful women before you will be incredibly beneficial. Finding success by embracing the help and mentorship of others is a beautiful, humbling experience.
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