On Sunday I watched the Super Bowl and while I lamented the loss of the Falcons, I celebrated Audi's commercial advocating equal pay for women, much like this Secret deodorant commercial from last year.
I'm emboldened by corporations that see the competitive advantage to equal pay and opportunity for women. When the average woman makes about 54 to 78 cents to the dollar every man earns depending on her race, industry and job title, corporations must get behind their female employees.
Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from all across the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader. As a result, I’ve heard a lot about what’s plaguing the modern day woman when it comes to work and here are the three most common challenges facing professional women:
Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from around the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader.
Many of the women I speak with feel paralyzed by their circumstances — “I can’t earn money doing what I love, but I hate what I’m doing; I can’t walk away from this career I’ve worked so hard to build even though it’s killing my soul; I don’t have enough time to find a new job because I’m so busy at this one that I hate; If I go back to school, I’m going to be in a lot of debt, but I need more education to do what I want to do.”
How do you go about pursuing your dreams and finding creative work that is fulfilling, rewarding and meaningful? How do you experience success with your creative endeavors?
I believe both women and men can find the answer in what I like to refer to as, your feminine superpowers. Whatever your industry or sector, I firmly think this is key to your success.
This month I've devoted a ton of energy to building out the concept for my book -- a process which has required a fair amount of time working through limiting beliefs, overcoming self-doubt and discovering what I truly feel called to say.
Since my business is named The Superwoman Project, this process has gotten me to thinking a lot about origin stories and how everyday superheroes get their superpowers. And then it dawned on me -- I like origin stories! They are so fun. (And I obviously like superheroes).
My favorite origin stories are Spiderman, Superman and Captain America, and I cannot wait to see the new Wonder Woman movie coming out this spring!
Most great superheroes and origin stories have several things in common:
Sometimes I feel like I'm actually living my life backwards. Like the older I get, the more I become like a child.
I mean, I'm obviously getting older and I can see the future ahead of me (grey hairs and all), but when I get very still and dig deep into my heart I notice something profound:
I'm reconnecting with my inner child more and more every day. (Yes, I'm about to get a little woo-woo, but just hang in here with me.)
As a single woman the best dating advice I ever got was to know my bottom-line and to not compromise on it. For me this means not dating a-holes or guys who don’t do what they say they are going to do. I have a one-strike-you’re-out policy on this bottom line. I simply. Won’t. Cross it.
The same goes for negotiating your salary in a job offer.
What is the least you’re willing to accept for this job? What is your bottom-line?
In order to answer this question, you also have to answer a few more questions:
A client wrote this to me the other day when we were discussing networking. Does it resonate with you?
“When I think of networking with people I don’t know, I’m afraid that I will meet people who know more than me or have experience and they will think I’m a poser or that I’m trying to get something from them. It kind of feels like an interview, instead of a conversation. Maybe I feel that way because I am trying to get something and I feel that I’m imposing on them.”
Have you ever felt this way about networking? Like your only purpose in being there is to get something?
If you’re looking for work, but are feeling stuck and paralyzed then you’re not alone.
Many clients come to me wanting help with an aspect of career development related to strategic things like personal branding, networking or negotiating, but nine times out of 10, they are stuck because they don’t know what their career goals are.
Setting your career goals is like punching an address into Google maps ― if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s really difficult to map out the directions.
If you don’t know what your career goals are, then chances are you’re stuck for one of these reasons:
I believe dreams are good for you ― they get you headed in the right direction.
I am also a firm believer in moonshot thinking ― going 10 times bigger than you ever thought possible to achieve greatness.
But in your career I want you to know that dream jobs aren’t always easy to come by. Sometimes it can take awhile for you to land somewhere that feels good and is tracking towards your dreams.