Always say “YES”

If you come from a place of no, you’ll end up middle-of-the-pack with the rest of the people who are content to be average. If you want to excel, stand out, and be successful, you’ll always say yes to new opportunities, new experiences, and new challenges.

Typically what happens with women is they start worrying about hypothetical situations that might never happen. Women worry about whether they have the skills to do this, the time to do it, whether they have enough information, or even if they’re the right person for the job. Read More

You’re not a polling station!

Do you ask your mother, sister, best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, colleague, neighbor and nutritionist for their opinion on a topic before you make a final decision?  Well, you need to stop doing this. It’s weak.  It shows you’re indecisive and you lack confidence, and nobody wants a leader that’s indecisive or unsure of themselves.

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What are you so afraid of?

So many of us live our lives in fear of something. One of my favorite people Sheryl Sandberg asks,

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

So, what are we so afraid of?

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of not being liked
  • Fear of being judged
  • Fear of looking stupid (or asking a stupid question)
  • Fear of parental disapproval
  • Fear that I won’t make any money doing this
  • Fear of mumbling or not sounding smart
  • Fear of making the wrong decision
  • Fear of making a fool of yourself
  • Fear of trying and not succeeding the first time
  • Fear that everyone is looking at you
  • Fear that everyone will make fun of you
  • Fear of your relationship ending

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Fear is holding you back.

Fear is holding you back.

Fear will destroy your life. Fear will prevent you from achieving your full potential and force you into a life of doing or being ordinary, average and mediocre.  Fear will force you to always be that person who silently wishes for a better life but never acts upon it. Years from now you’ll look back on your life and wish it was different, you’ll wish you had done more. But you allowed fear to control your decisions. Read More

Women I love – Sheryl Sandberg

For those of you who know me or have taken my courses, you’ll know that one of my favorite books is “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. I talk about “Lean In” in all my courses and have even assigned required readings from her book.

Her TED Talk started it all. Take 16 minutes today and ask yourself if you’re leaning in enough. Read More