Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes
Khyati D – Food Blogger @zestforfood
The perfect quote to begin with.. If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. – Frank A. Clark.
Chelsea Jones – Top Producing Realtor
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Susana Munoz – Makeup Artist
My advice is to always believe in yourself no matter the circumstances. I love this quote “ if you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
I have had MANY of these moments in life where I thought the challenge was insurmountable. The best advice I have ever received is this— that everything happens for a reason and do not concentrate on the negative, do not hold onto hate and anger or obsess over the situation at hand. Find the positive in what ever it is and have gratitude towards it all (these are hard things to do). If its the end of a relationship/career- give thanks for the good times/the time had, give thanks for the lessons or the experience. Trust the process. Again, everything happens for a reason. Look forward. I hear people saying “easier said than done” and to you I say this: On February 28th 2008, I was held at gun point and hostage in a bank robbery at my job at a bank. I had a small daughter at home and was the sole provider for her. The week of the robbery I had just been diagnosed with high blood pressure and heart palpitations due to stress. My cardiologist had suggested I find another line of work. All I knew how to do was makeup and banking. And at the time, I didn’t believe I could make what I needed to live as a makeup artist. Over the years, I had been frequently doing both jobs to amp my income. Then the robbery happened. In the days after, I had PTSD and had panic attacks if I even thought of going in another bank. I filed a claim for a leave of absence, so I could try to figure out how to cope. I was denied. I had my 4 year old daughter at home who looked to me- I couldn’t sit at home and cry- even though I was scared and felt alone, I had to look for my silver lining. In short, I resigned from the bank. I knew that if I had died that day- I never truly did what I loved for a living. I took what I knew about business/business development and applied it to building myself as an artist. This is how Makeup Artistry by Cher was born. Early on, I did take an odd job here and there… but I used what felt like it was insurmountable situation to fuel my fire, to become successful at my dream. I look at that day at the bank as the beginning of the rest of my life- as scary and terrible as it was, a door closed for me so another, MORE GRAND ONE, could open. To this day, I give gratitude to the situation, I forgive the men who were involved. I let go of the struggles I had…. because at the end of the day… I am here, standing before you & all of that built who I am today. And letting go, looking to the positive was the single best thing, the most freeing thing I have ever done for myself. #cherthalove
Esmi Enriquez- Makeup Professional
Advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is keep moving forward, have hope, know your worth, and know that everything will get better.
Marcy Calland: Makeup Artist & Entrepreneur
The most relevant advice I have for someone facing what they think is an insurmountable challenge is to know that EVERYONE feels this feeling. I feel it often. How can I be better? Am I good enough? Can I do this?
Uncertainty in your ability to conquer your greatest challenges is normal, and oftentimes the FEAR is greater than the challenge itself. Continue to question yourself (this means you’re motivated to find answers!) and then gain control of fear. This control leads to a cascade of solutions and opportunities.
Maria Rizo – Dallas Makeup Artist
Best advice I would give someone who faces a challenge they feel is insurmountable would definitely be to just put themselves out there and stop overthinking, because doubts kill more dreams than failure ever will.
Linda Mak – Makeup Artist
To quote dory from Nemo, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” There are/will be many challenges in life but the best way to overcome them is to continue to push yourself no matter how difficult it may seem.
Cynbob Thompants Dallas event and bridal makeup artist
My best advice is to break things down into smaller achievable pieces! That way, you’re not overwhelmed by the enormity of your challenge which could ultimately lead you to not wanting to pursue it!
Jojo – Content creator & Beauty boss
When you are facing a challenge you feel is insurmountable, keep your chin up and have faith in yourself. Stay positive and find a solution. Next step is to take your plan into action. Remember, facing challenges is an opportunity for growth. Take a deep breath, You’ve got this!
Nikki Scott Business Owner & Makeup Artist
Find another direction and another way. Believe that you can over come it and everything will fall into place. This is only preparing you for what is to come.
Robin Bell – Dallas MakeUp Artist & Beauty Advisor
One of The most important things I have learned is when you keep God first , you can overcome ANYTHING in life. Nothing is too insurmountable for Jesus. Keep Seeking him in everything you do and everything else will fall into place. Stay Consistent and Dedicated to your gift and watch God Open doors that no one can shut!
Lizabeth Pina make up freelancer & full time marketing student
My best advice would be to keep in mind that nothing in life is permanent. Pain, fear, sadness or anything that may be hard to over come is just temporary! If your role model could accomplish so much, why can’t you? Yes some people may have to work harder but nothing is impossible. it’s all in your head! if you could only train your brain/head to think more positive, to never give up, to keep trying … you will see that in matter of months or so you will be in a much better place. It’s all about being consistent to what you feed you mind and soul.
Angelica Landeros- AngelicBeatsMUA/BrowStylist
Practice makes flawless.
Esther Alvarez – 6th grade teacher & makeup artist
The worst thing you can do is to giveup and never try. It is so easy to abandon hope, but you need to remind yourself that nothings is impossible with God.
Vanna Nori, Makeup Artist & Beauty Advisor
I’ve definitely been there. We all have! You just have to take it one step at a time or set a goal for yourself to achieve it. If you have a challenge that seems impossible, take a step back and reevaluate the situation. It could be as simple as taking a different approach or seeing the situation from a different perspective. The most important thing to remember is to not give up! You may have a lull in getting to your goal, but as long as you’re working hard to get there it will happen!
Sheridan Parr – Up and coming Freelance Dallas Makeup Artist
The best advice I would give someone who feels that a challenge they are facing is insurmountable is know your limits and challenge them. One of my favorite things to abide by is the serenity prayer “ God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Have a high deserve level because you can accomplish anything with the right mind set.
Cassie Beene MS – Personal Trainer
You can overcome anything you set your mind to. Take a step back to look at your situation and see if you can approach it in a different way. If you need help or support then do not hesitate to ask for it. But one thing to always remember “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
Elisha Romas – Professional Makeup Artist
In any bad/hard situation there is a seed for opportunity. You have to have a positive perspective, be self motivated and ambition to reach your goals.
Melina Brunson – Influencer | Brand Enthusiast | Motherhood Unplugged
My best advice is that life happens. No matter how safely we tread or even if we throw ourselves out there, for example, Social Media, we can’t protect ourselves or anticipate every situation headed our way. It is up to us to say that no situation is insurmountable, and to push forward with determination to reach our goals. We have to learn from the things that did not work. Situations that make us feel like a failure are the ones that make us stronger. They teach us what we could of done better or differently and because of this no situation should ever be insurmountable because we are meant to rise above every single time!
Andy Barajas Makeup artist & YouTuber
Don’t give up! always be confident in yourself and try as many times as necessary, always analyzing what you do and being open to learning from mistakes.
Mona Betancourt- Mother, Cosmetologist, Sculpting Queen
Unless there is a physical barrier stopping you nothing in this world is insurmountable! always reach for the stars and make shit happen.
Courtney Smith, Makeup Artist – Makeup By Courtney Ray
Although right now it seems impossible to believe but one day you will look back on this time & you’ll smile, because every hard time we face throughout our lives only makes us stronger.
Chyna Zhané – Professional Photographer & Makeup Artist
Never make a permanent decision over a temporary situation.