„Power and success go hand in hand, because if we want to be successful in life we repeatedly have to gain power over ourselves.“
(To all women who still hold themselves back.)
What kind of beliefs do you have, when it comes to power and success?
Do you see them as something positive? Something you want to be striving for? Or do they have a negative connotation for you? Depending on how we see power and success, we ourselves consciously or unconsciously create the obstacles, that keep us from being (more) successful.
Why women can learn a lot from men when it comes to success…and the other way round 😉
Big successes are never the result of a sudden Big Bang, which comes by surprise. They are the result of many smaller successes, that we constantly have to work for. Despite all our fears and doubts and despite what our internal and external critics have to say. But because success often seems so far away and unreachable for us, we are convinced that we will never make it, so we don´t even try. And if we do, we usually give up too soon.
You often hear people say, “Women build bridges, men build walls.” But when it comes to starting a business, I usually see the opposite. While men sit together over a beer and create business ideas (sometimes not the best ones though) and start implementing them until they hit a wall at some point and then try to climb over it or just go around, women sip their glass of wine and give you all the reasons why they cannot do it. Women themselves create the walls that stop them from starting a business, and they make them so high and so thick, that these walls seem impossible to climb or destroy.
If you want to be successful, you have to start at some point
As Zig Ziglar said “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” And you need both ways of doing things. Instead of starting to run without thinking or on the contrary thinking too much, the best way is to repeatedly think, test, learn, and adapt. There is no guarantee for success in life, but if you leave out one of these steps, you will more likely fail. And when you fail, make at least sure you fail forward.
And always remember…
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”