For Women Who Want The Ballerific Life!
Good Morning Ladies,
I read this piece on Clutchmagonline and thought I would share and thought we could add to it.Remember sharing is caring
My God Mother used to tell me, “a smart woman knows a little bit about a lot of things.” You never know when some obscure factoid will come in handy. I prefer to read the biographies/autobiographies of highly successful people in different industries. I’ve started to notice common themes in their stories, and take comfort that everyone cluelessly began somewhere, and getting to the top hasn’t been a smooth ride for anyone.
Know When to Be Quiet
Seemingly every Caribbean parent I know told their children some version of “You have two ears and one mouth” as a way of encouraging them to listen. It’s advice to take into adulthood. If you’re always talking, you’re always telling too much. Sit back and observe more. Let other folk yammer on. You might be startled what you discover.
Be a Do-er
Big ideas are great, but you need to be able to execute them. People respect folk who get things done, period. Doesn’t matter how big or lofty it is, it can always be broken down into baby steps. When I am overwhelmed by an assignment or new task, CBW (my significant other) has become fond of asking, “And so how do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.” (Think about it.)
Ask for Help
You can do alone, but why should you? Some women think asking for an assist is somehow a sign of weakness. If you are one of those women, abandon that mindset now. There are no bonus points for doing it alone, only getting it done right and on schedule. Rally the troops to tackle the big assignment at work, to assemble that confusing Ikea furniture, or to raise your kid. It takes a village to do a lot of things well.
Go Out Alone
You should know how to enjoy your own company, whether it’s taking yourself to a movie, a concert or across an ocean on a trip. If you don’t treat yourself well, why should anyone else? And if you can’t stand to be alone with you … Again, why should anyone else?
Feel Entitled To Have Your Needs/Wants Met
It’s a somewhat annoying trait on the receiving end, but the for the doer, it works pretty well. Have a bottomline of what you want and what you will and won’t put up with and operate like you deserve to have it all. Continue to work hard for what you want, but expect it to happen and be appalled when it doesn’t. You’ll be amazed at how the spoon will seem to metaphorically bend to your will. Let other people question if there is something wrong with them for not sharing your world view.
If you’re over the age of 18, you don’t have to be a “good girl” anymore. Be a lil naughty, and don’t beat yourself up over it. Skip work and head to the beach. Tongue down a stranger for no other reason that the moment seems to call for it. Wear the “freak’um” dress. Don’t answer every time your parent calls. Say “no” when you don’t feel like doing something and don’t explain why.
Be An Owner
I went to an awards ceremony once and the second person to get an award, a CEO, spent his whole acceptance speech talking about how great the first person recognized, an innovator, was. The first person had been his employee for years, had pushed boundaries and innovated the business. The first recipient beamed with pride. The CEO was so flattering, and why wouldn’t he have been? That CEO made hundred of thousands off the innovation of the man he employed, and those great ideas by the worker bee set the foundation for the CEO to start other businesses. He became a millionaire off of another person’s great ideas.
Be An Innovator.
Find a lane that no one is driving down and get in it. If you want to get somewhere faster, carve out a niche and own the space. I’m clearly an advocate of entrepreneurship, but if you’re not in the position to venture out, always choose to be an innovator wherever it is you are. The innovator I described above may not have been an owner, but he was never jobless or struggling. Anyone can be a worker bee; they are necessary for running a business, but they’re also easily replaceable, even the good ones. (Schools/colleges train you to work hard and well for others. If you’re super smart, you figure out how to deprogram yourself).
Don’t Chase Money or Accolades
If you make great money and love what you do, gold star for you. Too many people chase the money or the attention. They will leave you empty. Find something you love to do and figure out how to monetize it so you can pay your bills. Life is too short to spend being unhappy 8-14 hours a day no matter how much you are paid. Oh, and accolades will leave you empty. Chasing them is like being a hampster on a wheel. If you are good at what you do, they will come. (I pinky swear that.) Say “thank you,” don’t let it go to your head, and keep doing what you love.
Good info to help KEEP yourself in check...PRINTED AND POSTED!
Thanks, Siren! I love this. It reinforced a couple things for me.
I would like to add to this
STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS- Veryone has their own path in life. While you may think someone is doing better than you . You have know idea what they are coing through or what they have been through to get their. This is especially important with friends. Don't judge your friends based on what you are doing. Sometimes people will be doing worse than you and sometimes they will be better. We all have peaks and valleys in life, our own lessons to learn. Focusing on other people keeps you distracted from wth you should be doing/ learning from with/from your own life. It will also keep you from learning from others mistakes as well as from lessons they learned that could benefit you as well.
Thank you, Siren! :)
Tks for posting Siren. Read often, comes in handy :)
Thank you Siren. I'm going to go through all the forums and save all useful advice to my computer.
Thx Siren for the positivity. Being in a new city forced me to "Go out Alone" and I swear enjoy my own company way too much.
I! LOVE! THIS!