There Is No Such Thing As Too Much Ambition
Early on in my career, I had a crucial conversation with a good friend. I told her my dreams and aspirations about where I wanted to be in my business but, to my dismay, she was very disapproving. She told me that with my family and beautiful home, I had everything I needed. She explained that it was fine to have some ambition but that I had too much.
The funny thing is, I listened to her.
Woman in Business
One of the biggest myths that tend to hold women back from applying themselves and reaching their potential in the workforce is the belief that a they need to be a stay-at-home mom.
Don’t get me wrong, this is totally admirable and I applaud those who do. Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job in and of itself but for those like me, there’s always the itch to be doing something in business.
Today, 70 percent of women with children under 18 participate in the labor force and over 75 percent are employed full-time. Women now own close to 10 million businesses. Slowly but surely we are defying the stereotype.
Be Your Own Boss
After some time, three companies offered me executive positions. This was a turning point for me. As I sat in an interview with one of the CEOs, I was asked what it was that I wanted. To my surprise, I was stumped.
Eventually, I came to the realization that this happened because I had set boundaries for myself. I was limiting myself by abiding to what I was told was socially correct. In college, I was studying to become a teacher because that’s what women did, right?
I knew I had the skills of an entrepreneur, but I restricted myself from reaching my potential. My confidence slowly disappeared and I let what others thought get in my way.
After the conversation with the CEO, something clicked and I was back on track. I was ready to be my own boss and not just a follower.
Reaching Your Potential
I decided to turn down the three executive positions I was offered, sell my businesses and start my own consulting firm. After eight years, I have never felt more confident in myself, my path, or in what I do.
Finally, I am living up to my potential and I’m so happy to be helping others to live up to theirs. Take hold of your ambition and never lose it. It is who you are and it will take you far in life.
If you need help in reaching your potential, you know where to find us.