As soon as you read the first part of the article, I hope you started to integrate some principles in your life or at least consider some of them as helpful tools to change your mindset, the way you perceive things.
Today I would like to share with you the next five principles and tell more stories of absolutely amazing powerful women who made a decision once to create life on their own terms.
So, here they are:
Principle #6: Be driven by a Big Vision
Whether you are currently a business owner or an employee in a company when was the last time when you asked yourself what is actually drives you in this life? What motivates you to wake up early in the morning, give your best and do all things done to move forward?
Most of the people are so much stuck in their personal dramas that they don’t notice anymore what’s happening outside their own box, how many issues should be resolved today to make this world better, and how huge their impact can be if only they stop live purposeless unconscious life.
I was so much inspired or I would say wow-ed by a beautiful woman from Kenya, who sounded so clear, determined and driven.
Meet Carolyne Opinde (https://www.facebook.com/pg/CarolyneAOpinde/, www.linkedin.com/in/carolyneopinde/), a young entrepreneur from South Africa, who is currently transiting from job to full-time entrepreneurship. She is building her consulting business and her
innovative system helps small and medium scaled businesses develop a roadmap to success through effective planning, strategizing and speed of implementation.
Started to work as a volunteer in a non-profit sector that provided support to strongly disadvantaged, vulnerable people, young girls and women infected with HIV, Carolyne had an eye-opener experience and gained a big life vision – to build hospitals in rural areas of the local community to save lives and make changes. „Here is a big need of it: every day 8000 girls are getting infected with HIV. There is a hope, but without hospitals, it’s not possible to provide primary health care.”
If you are going to be or maybe you already are an entrepreneur, think about what brings your business besides the profit. What vision does it have? How many beautiful changes it can bring?
“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” ~ Steve Jobs
Principle #7: Turn challenges into opportunities
It is well-known that everything in our life is a cycle. There are ups and downs, and in any business, there could be obstacles, challenges, and issues to resolve. But what makes successful business owners different from those who give up very fast is their ability to turn any challenges into opportunities. There is always a more creative way, innovative approach – the key is again your mindset focused on success.
Here is the brilliant example – Alexandra Mollik (http://www.alexandramollik.com, www.youtube.com/user/MsElektraKing). I met her during one of the coaching seminars and I was really attracted by her positive attitude to things and openness. Alexandra is well known as The Uncoach who combines two businesses: image creation and mindset styling. She is really passionate about unlocking the client’s inner potential, dress them in an authentic way and create a unique brand as an extension of their soul.
After 10 years working in a corporate world, she found courage inside of herself and decided to step on the path of entrepreneurship. „Being an employee you are not fully aware of your inside talents, or even if you are sometimes you don’t have a chance to use them fully.” – shares Alexandra. Nowadays, she is a successful network marketer and her styling business is booming. Was her road to success easy, sure not? But that’s all about the personal decision. If you want to design your own life under the terms and conditions that you prefer, be free, build a legacy, it’s time to decide what tools and vehicles you need for it. The road will not be easy, but if you are weaponed with a positive attitude, desire to change and live your footprint on the planet, what can actually stop you?
„I don’t see things as obstacles; it’s not for me…As Richard Branson says if you have a great opportunity, just accepting it and on the way figure out how it works. Of course, the first time is not perfect. To be better you need to practice. You need to start, if you don’t start, you will never find out. ”
„If you are always try to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be“. ~ Maya Angelou
Principle # 8: Be innovative
After you realized how important it is to be able to turn any challenges into opportunities, there is time to learn the next principle – be INNOVATIVE!
We live in a world that changes extremely fast. If you are too attached to the „old way” of doing things and very slow in implementing your ideas, well, there is a chance you are lost before you even started.
So, don’t be afraid to tune in your creativity and present to the market your innovative idea.
A role model for this is Rana El – Eid, a Goddess of innovation, beautiful
woman and mom of two daughters. (https://www.amazon.com/Think-Like-Woman-Act-Entrepreneur-ebook/dp/B06WGLM21P/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500526953&sr=8-1&keywords=think+like+a+woman+act+like+an+entrepreneur)
Rana started to build her first business Red Design (corporate identity and branding company) while stillbeing an employee. During the 21 years of entrepreneurial experience, she built many successful brands and companies and earned a title of serial entrepreneur. Her innovative idea – Café Céramique (Coffee shop/restaurant and Paint your own pottery) business, that won two Best Family Restaurant Awards with Time Out two years in a row, has several franchises nowadays. „The industry does not matter. You can manage any business. Jump and figure out how it works, build the best team.” – says Rana.
The most recent creation of her is Azur Spa which is now re-branded to RE- Salons & Spas (a beauty and wellness center that provide services to clients in their own setting, Azur Spa on Wheels). If you offer an innovative product or service it can be challenging to fit all regulations and laws, however, „Don’t listen to people, who said that it’s not possible. Believe in your idea, got the feeling. Throw yourself, don’t wait until you are perfect, you deal with situations on the way, finding creative ideas on solving the issues. With new ideas it’s hard, you have to prove that it works to receive special licenses, but with strong beliefs, actions, constant moving you achieve progress and prove that it works.”
In November 2010, Rana won the Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur Award. And she continues to create new concepts and approaches. After selling her business, she is writing now her new chapter of life and business. That’s for sure will be something extraordinary.
The lesson from this story is that when you follow your heart and deep creativity, not afraid to be the first on the market with your ideas, you will definitely find a way how to make things work.
Remember, you have just one life; there will be not the second try for making things done. Don’t waste your time in vain being stuck in a fear and waiting when the perfect moment will come.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” ~Scott Belsky
Principle #9: Perfection is in perfection
Talking about perfection, sometimes we spend years to start doing something because we want that everything works perfectly. But what is perfect? Does the point when you will be fully satisfied with the result actually exists or it’s just a cover for procrastination? The fact is that there will be always a better way to do things, improve results and polish skills.
During the process of organizing interviews, I’ve got acquainted with a charismatic entrepreneur from Poland, Olga Kozierowska (www.kozierowska.pl, www.sukcespisanyszminka.pl). She is another role model for wife-mom-prefers, who is managing the well-being of her family and building her own businesses: event and workshops organizer for big corporations and an owner of the foundation, Women Leaders Pro that helps women with building careers.
Her way to entrepreneurship is very interesting. She was studying to play the violin, but after serious arm injury re-focused on studying marketing and leadership. After spending some years in Holland and UK, she came back to her motherland and was an employee in different international companies, including DPD and major marketing agencies.
However, she felt limited in creating and doing things, also encounter with discrimination. „People, especially women like to put labels on other women.” Blond, good looking woman can’t be smart enough…or despite the executive position, she had to implement a very routine work only because she was the only woman in a room. All these factors triggered her to move on her own. She was not ready to fully switch to the entrepreneurial world and the time was not perfect. But Olga gave herself a try: during 6 months she was combining full-time job and doing business. When she realized that she can live from her business and that she actually can be an entrepreneur, she left a corporate world.
„Some people are planning 5 years and then it’s not actual anymore when they finally made a decision to start. Just Do It! Everybody have fears, successful people also have fears…Never give up even after failures. Research shows that in average each success consists of 6 failures…Go your way, concentrate on your goal.”
She started on the radio to interview only successful women to prove that women are also can be successful, that they are smart, professional, dedicated and hard working, wise and need to be treated equally.
The message from Olga to those who at the very beginning: „Fight with perfection, simply be the best in everything you do. Don’t be afraid of changes and challenges. My crisis created me. I learn from failures.“
„Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.“ ~ Kim Collins
Principle #10: The balance does not exist, create your own equilibrium
Hopefully, you are empowered with the success stories of ordinary women who at some point made a decision to create something EXTRA, that’s what makes them so extraordinary in a business today.
Being a wife-mom-preneur by myself, I can confirm that it’s not an easy way. But again, you can’t be perfect at everything at once. Just determine for yourself what is the most important for you at this moment, set priorities and keep moving.
Balance is something to what we are tending to achieve, but in reality, it’s a myth. The key to keep yourself in charge is creating your own equilibrium.
And here is one more inspiring example, Veronica Sosa (http://www.meetveronicasosa.com), a beautiful
entrepreneur, founder of Business Fit magazine (http://www.businessfitmagazine.com), a leader of business seminars for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, SHE (www.hispanasemprendedoras.eu) and international speaker.
Veronica also has a corporate background; however, she always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She was always fascinated with publicity business and was in charge of high position in a magazine where she started as a secretary and was an owner of a publicity distribution company.
I find it absolutely inspirational for many women, coming from a patriarchal culture, where women are normally in the kitchen, she built a great career in the corporation and achieved a tremendous success in a business arena. „ I didn’t just want to learn how to cook. I wanted to study and travel.“ You will tell it’s a hard work, yes it is! But when you invest a lot in personal development, coaching and break any limits in your head, everything becomes possible. That’s how this life is created. In addition, if you live a multidimensional life and take care about three important areas of your own life, body, mind, and spirit, you will never lose the path and eventually achieve much more than you probably believe now you can achieve.
„You can’t awake people; everybody has their own path, their own time… Start personal development, positive psychology, read a lot of books. We have the power to achieve all these things. Creating powerful thoughts we create our reality. When we realize it, we start to take care of it.”
„Beginning is about learning and maybe in a way struggling. In order to achieve things, we need to find equilibrium with mind, body, and spirituality. It will lead you to abundance.” – Veronica Sosa.
Stop stagnating, start creating; stop procrastinating, start moving to your goal; stop searching excuses, start motivating and empowering yourself with high vision, stop focus on challenges, start creating opportunities.
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Life & Success Strategist, Entrepreneur, Investor, Athlete
Founder of Mother’s Inner Power