“You are strong. You are confident. You are brave.” I breathe slowly, repeating the mantra to myself over and over just hours ago.
I’ve been in the entrepreneur world for a long time. Twenty long years later and here I am. I still have trouble sometimes believing that it is okay to believe in myself, to succeed.
Women entrepreneurs face several unique challenges. We have to defy social expectations, struggle to be taken seriously, feel comfortable admitting and displaying our accomplishments and strive to build a support network that makes us feel like we are understood as the unique human beings that we are.
On top of that, we have to learn how to balance business and family life. Traditional roles still play a large part in today’s society and we are busier than ever running our businesses and households at the same time.
Some of us come from a long road. I am all too familiar with this.
Being a young high school drop out and finding myself homeless, I once had to break my daughter’s piggy bank to get groceries for us. It was one of the lowest points in my life. I felt like a failure at being a mother. The situation felt hopeless.
That was a pivotal point where I turned to entrepreneurship to help turn my life into something more positive and to provide a life for my daughter. Even though this happened almost 20 years ago, I still remember the struggles of freshly navigating the business world and some of those struggles continue today.
I obtained my GED, went to college and grew my business to where it is today. I have experienced the struggles of growing a business while raising a child as a single mother.
I have built my business from the ground up.
And yet I still find myself having to slow breathe my mantra: “You are strong. You are confident. You are brave.”
Perhaps when we finally accept that we cannot do it all nor should we have to. Or that being ourselves today, who we are right now, is enough. When we stop allowing ourselves to feel as though we fall short even though we have a mountain of accomplishment beneath our feet. To tell ourselves and other women: IT IS OKAY NOT TO BE A SUPERMOM!
Maybe then we can look in the mirror and say: “I AM SUCCESSFUL.” and feel it, down to our hearts, down to our core, in between every single breathe that we take.
“We Need To Get Women To The Point Where They Aren’t Apologizing. It Is Time To Take Ownership In Our Success.”
Tory Burch, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch