11 Oct, 2017ENTREPRENEUR.COM
Women have come a long way in establishing their rights. They've struggled to break the barriers society has pushed on them and to break out of the old ways in which they have been personified.
In fact, women play a major role in all facets of business, politics and religion in our country today -- and they have done so on the backs of perseverance and never giving up. It’s the tenacity of a few that changed the game for the masses, and if you are acquainted with one of these women, you should thank them.
For this article, I talked with empowering businesswomen Amanda Boleyn, Jules Schroeder, Virginia Salas Kastilio and Laurence Bradford. These women will share the responsibility you have as a woman -- and the encouragement you can receive as a man -- building a business with what you have.
Unconventional Life founder Jules Schroeder leads a movement to empower millennials to create a life by their own design through her international business accelerators. You learn from successful leaders who have left behind the 9-to-5 for a life they love.
While speaking with Schroeder, it was evident that failure doesn’t care what sex you are. For business owners who don’t understand the bigger picture of their company goals, failure can be more prominent. Especially when it comes to managing team members. But you can combat the issue. “If one of my team members consistently fails to follow through on their work commitments, I'll meet with them 1 on 1," Schroeder said. "I like to approach the conversation from a place of care and curiosity, where I seek to understand what's going on in the broader picture of their life.”
Failure within your team can lead to lack of being personal or not sharing your vision with your members. Failure can happen in different areas of your business, and it is an idea in which you cannot fight. Schroeder says admitting that failure is simply part of the process to greatness.
When it comes to overcoming failure, Virginia Salas Kastilio understands it takes perspective. Kastilio is the founder of Gini TV which helps businesses build influence and online awareness. Kastilio has been named the top female Snapchat influencer in the world and has been showing her perspective to large organizations like the BBC and NASDAQ.
Every business and opportunity you are faced with comes with the experience you need to succeed for your next plan. Even if it didn’t work last time, Kastilio teaches in order to overcome failure, you need to gain perspective from the circumstance. In other words, failure should make you stronger. Failure is imminent in any business, but it’s always the people who learn about themselves whomake the most of overcoming the situation.
Brands that embrace failure and realize the process is a stepping stone and not a stumbling block are going to empower their future and solidify their business with their team and their audience.
If failure is included as part of the context -- for any game that you're playing or business you're creating -- then it becomes welcome, which allows it to not be so significant. Don’t fight failure, but welcome it through the new thoughts and ideas which can come from it.
If you’re currently involved in building a business to create your perfect dream job, you have probably already faced some high hurdles. They can seem impossible to get over.
Laurence Bradford, creator of the Learn to Code With Me blog and podcast, is empowering men and women alike across social media -- one of which is a special Facebook group of 12,000+ members. When I spoke with Bradford, she said one of the hardest hurdles to overcome in building your business is finding more time. You already know that time is the only thing you can’t control in your business or life. You can however, manage your time wisely. For some business owners, this idea eludes them completely, which is why a lot of founders lose faith and give up. Bradford suggests prioritizing what really matters for your business and taking control of tasks and responsibilities in this aspect.
Another hurdle in business can be the dreaded “self-doubt” thoughts which can come and go as your business advances and diminishes with the trends and economy. To empower yourself and create opportunities to jump over this obstacle, you always need to have a positive mindset within yourself.
This comes with having faith in your business, the product it offers and how you approach your clients. No one wants to be included with another person who is always down on themselves. Take some free time and read. Listen to encouraging podcasts from people who have been where you’ve been. Learn what others have done to succeed, and find how you can replicate this process by putting your own spin on the solution. Self-doubt can lead to a high hurdle, and you don’t want to jump that every day.
Lastly, Bradford suggests having a consistent feeling of being worth what you’re asking your customers and/or clients for. If you already know you’re work is essential to a specific niche and understand the price points in the market, don’t be afraid to ask for the money. This exhumes confidence in your brand and leans toward the self-doubt attribute. If you think you’re worth it, your customers will too.
Related: You can now find jobs on BEAM
When it comes to building your successful business model there is an innate responsibility to want to be accepted in everything you try to do.
I spoke with Amanda Boleyn, founder of She Did It Her Way podcast. Boleyn’s sales training and empowerment influence has shifted mindsets and changed the behavior of more than 10,000 people in business. Boleyn has worked with top companies like AT&T, JPMorgan, Weight Watchers and Intel to help change strategy and influence employees.
“Women in business are more tapped into the possibilities of what could be and emotions that feel like fear and doubt," she said. "While women may have this beautiful gift of insight, I believe we could allow it to talk ourselves out of taking action.”
The lack of action in your business can mean the difference between creating something which can help others and doing nothing. Emotional insight, while a great attribute to own, can either work for you or against you as you try to run your business.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, you have probably faced the dilemma of deciding on a risky step for your business. Humans are hardwired to take the path of least resistance, no matter what decision they’re faced with making. No one can understand the effects of taking action on a strategy which didn’t look like it was going to pan out, but after they completed it, they realized it revolutionized their business.
In a sense, you are working against your nature when it comes to taking risks. Risky decisions hold hands with failure and when one cannot measure success from the experience of another, it really comes down to their innate gut feeling and their power to make the hard choice anyway.
To empower your business model to succeed, you need to be taking action. These women aren’t advocating something foolish which would flush your business down the drain either. They are trying to share the facts of overcoming your own mind in order to execute what is already meant to be a successful business plan for your company.
Think about all of the great companies -- Microsoft, Apple, Virgin. All of these individuals stepped out on that thin ice and performed something out of their comfort zone. However, it wasn’t that they didn’t fail. As I said already, failure rides on the back of risk. You will never know until you try it, and that’s the idea.
Let’s not look at this article in terms of sex. If you’re a business owner, you’ve got to empower yourself before you can empower your business to succeed. In order to do this you must face the trials ahead with gusto and fervor, and learn to apply these three self-help tips to your business model.