Leadership Inspiration from Badass Women Who Have Tread the Path of Most Resistance
Navigating the complexities of the working world can be tough—whether it be the longstanding traditions embedded in a culture that need to be changed; or the subtle nuances of relationships, both old and new, that make speaking your mind something that could risk fundamentally altering your future. How can you be that confident woman willing to stand against the waves of opposition that come rushing to topple you over?
The answer isn’t easy, but it is simple.
You have to choose to stand, and you have to keep choosing to, every day.
But on those days where it’s tough, where you’ve had enough, where you’re ready to throw in the towel—find power in the words of badass women who have stood before you, because you can find yourself standing on their shoulders to battle those waves. Their inspiration can be there for you so that you can be there for other women going through the same trials—powerful words, repeated like a mantra, to strengthen your resolve. You can do this!
“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
There is no shortage of amazing women in our history, with great lessons to teach all who are willing to listen. Just like them: lead by example, carry the torch, and chart your own path.
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher
“More than ever, I am aware of the need to support and celebrate each other. I like to believe I am part of a global support group network of 3.4 billion. Imagine: if you can fall back on the 3.5 billion ladies, and the many good men who are with us, what could we possibly not achieve?” -Nicole Kidman
Take Charge and Don’t Back Down
The path forward isn’t going to be handed to you, you have to take it and know that you deserve it. You do. You deserve everything you work for—fight for it, and fight to keep it!
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” — Barbara Corcoran
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” – Michelle Obama
Set Goals for the Year, Get Fierce for the Outcomes
The first step is always the hardest, but that doesn’t make the ones that follow easy. It takes twenty-eight days to make a habit, and just as long to break the bad ones. One step in front of the other, move forward setting goals day by day, hour by hour, and imagine all that could happen in a year well-lived. Professionally, personally, and mentally—take the time to take care of yourself. Because remember, to inspire change, you need to be inspired by the woman in the mirror, first.
“There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” — Anne Lamott
Make this a year well-lived.
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