I’ve got four kids, all of whom I raised while also launching and growing two different businesses. I know the challenges of having a newborn and/or toddlers in the house when you’re trying to grow a business. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure.
Women In Business
It seems like no matter how hard women entrepreneurs try, we will never catch up to our male counterparts. Or will we? The state of small businesses owned by women has risen significantly over the past few decades, and seems to be speeding up.
With Mother’s Day this weekend, families everywhere are honoring those women who nurture them and help them grow. But for me, Mother’s Day is just as much about my children; after all, without them, I wouldn’t be a mother! I’m pretty proud that my kids get to see firsthand how I operate as an entrepreneur, and as a CEO. Here’s what I imagine -- and hope! -- they’re learning from me.
Thank goodness tax time is over, right? I, like most small business owners, find this time of year a bit stressful. So after April 15 passes, I’m all about rejuvenating and recharging my battery. When you run a business, whether you’re the only staff or you manage a team of ten, it is essential that you make time for yourself. Otherwise, you’re a stressed out ball of tension that puts your business —and your health — in jeopardy. We’re all in the same boat here, so I thought I’d share how I decompress.
As people -- more specifically as entrepreneurs -- many of us feel obligated to put up a shield to hide what’s really going on. When we’re asked how things are going with our businesses, we’re more inclined to focus on the highlights rather than the brutal truth. That truth might be that we’re working too much and getting sick a lot. Or that business has ground to a halt. Whatever that truth is, we feel it makes us vulnerable, and we feel like that compromises our ability to succeed.
There has been a great deal of focus on creating work/life balance for entrepreneurs — more so for female entrepreneurs — over the past several years. The quest for this Holy Grail often leaves its seekers unsatisfied. The truth is, you’ll never permanently achieve this balance. Trying to do so may cause even more stress than the actual imbalance you’ve been experiencing. Here’s why you should set aside your search for perfection and settle for “good enough.”
I recently wrote a blog post about 10 lawyers that left the law to follow their passions which was well received by the legal community. The post was meant to inspire dissatisfied lawyers and show them that it is in fact possible to be successful in other industries. I decided to make these kind of lists into a more regular series in which I profile lawyers who have gone on to do amazing things outside of the law. Below is a list of 5 talented women who have successfully used their JDs to pursue alternative careers.
There I was, stopped at the intersection outside my office's parking lot. I had been at this very spot hundreds of times before, but this time, my body shut down. I couldn't breathe, my heart raced, the walls of the car were closing in on me, and I couldn't move a muscle. I truly, honestly felt that I might die.
While the obvious lessons we learn about entrepreneurship come from our own professional experience, I find that sometimes they pop up in unexpected places. Like my children.
Think back to your playground days. I’m willing to bet you know more than a girl or two who ruled the roost. Who played teacher, commandeering the boys in her class to act as students, or who coordinated games.