My friend Angelique shared this Forbes quote at her recent Inside Edge conference.
“A big problem when it comes to women business owners is that many don’t think of themselves as a CEO. Instead they think of themselves as a sort of chief multi-tasker and the person who should be doing everything in the business. While that may at times work on the home front, in a business that is not the best way to go. A CEO of a growing company has to be able to step back and make plans and engage other people in doing the work…
Women who start out as seeing themselves as the boss are likely to get to the $1 million revenue mark quicker.”
I’d like to think this isn’t true, but ouch… I could feel it, and judging by the audible ‘groan’ of everyone else in the room I suspect I wasn’t alone.
I am a chief multi-tasker (CMT) at heart. I did everything for the first 10 years of my business, and I had to learn how to undo this as I continued to grow.
Some of my biggest lessons along the way…
How to not feel guilty when I ask someone to do something that I know I could do myself (even when I am paying them & they are happy to do it!)
How to say no when I feel like I should say yes (the people pleaser in me never wants to feel like i’m letting someone down)
How to allow myself to WANT more than ‘good enough’ (who the heck do I think I am to want more, GASP!)
How to embrace the title of CEO/entrepreneur and stop referring to myself as ‘just self-employed’ (it’s not a little side-gig, this is our livelihood! Treat it as such.)
How to acknowledge that I have a ‘real’ company that makes ‘real’ money and makes a difference in the world (this business supports my family and what we do matters, period.)
How to receive support from others, in particular my amazing team (who are as committed as I am to our vision… yes, this is possible for you too)
How to KNOW that I have value beyond the ‘doing’… I am valuable simply for being me, showing up, forging ahead and keeping the faith. (That alone is worth millions, and yet we don’t always see it)
This can be a tough shift for women – I know because I work with them everyday via our CEO Business School programs.
I see women get stuck in the doing. The pressure to ‘hold it all together’.
To be the one that is always going to save the day, swoop in at the last minute to get it done. The one that does it best. That does it right.
This is exhausting, and may never get you to where you really want to be.
I know, I tried.
What if success was really about WHO you are and not as much about WHAT you do?
What difference would that make in your business? In your life?
What would you do differently starting tomorrow?
I’d like to know. I’d like to hold the space for this to become your reality. Share via the link below.
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