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.
Brittany Howard Teacher (elementary)& Makeup Artist
My advice to anyone who feels/thinks that the challenges they are facing are insurmountable is: to go all the way through it first. I’ve never faced a challenge that God (as I know him) has never brought me through. And I’ve been through some things. Nothing is too great.
Tasha Jay-vocalist, vocal coach and artist
Know that you can control the challenge and that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind too. That you’re only faced with things that seem challenging to get you to that next level. Face, Embrace and Conquer your fears.
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Jen Russum – wife, mom, English professor
Drink lots of water, get enough sleep, make a plan and break it into baby steps, and pray like crazy.
Mamta Rana- Lead Henna Artist at Matrika Henna
You know we always hear other people advise us to take ourselves out of the equation and detach ourselves to see the situation for what it is- without all of the emotion and all the drama. I’ve always had an issue with this because, how does one just shut out their emotions. (They’re involuntary to a certain extent, and we can only control them for so long, before we end up exploding like an emotional volcano.) I think it’s essential to find out why the situation is making us feel like its so big and insurmountable in the first place. See, because it’s all in our head.
I’d like to share the following method that my mentor once shared with me- its called the five why’s method. So anytime we feel a certain way about something we ask why, and then we question that reason by asking why four more times. Some research shows that by the time we ask why for the fourth or fifth time we are able to get to the core of the issue at hand. So for example if the issue at hand is,” I feel like I’ll never be able be healthy.” and we might ask:
1. Why? answer: oh because I dont have time
2. why? answer: because I work two jobs and have a child
3. Why? answer: because I need to make money, because my parents abused drugs and alcohol and I dont want my child to not have to feel like they can’t have a child hood.
4. Why? nswer: Because that is what I had to do. I never had a childhood because my parents abused drugs and alcohol so much that I felt like I grew up too fast and didn’t have a child hood and I want my child to go through that.
Now this is just an example all of the format that we may have- the answers will vary from person to person, but answering the questions honestly and in depth and asking why we feel a certain way about the situation until a deep answer is received is key to opening the curtain to whatever situation is seemingly unbearable. and then when we work thorough the core back up to the situation at hand it doesn’t seem so insurmountable because we now are able to understand our feelings enough to be like okay I get why I’m feeling so bad about this, I have now acknowledged my feelings and can detach my feelings in a loving way and then proceed to look at the issue that was once so big and scary from a practical stand point.
Mayra Alas – Certified Lash Artist | M Lash Studio
When the odds are against you is when we learn the most about ourselves. Take a moment and put things into perspective. With focus and a positive attitude you can achieve anything.
Ezmirelda Elizondo- Cosmetologist & Beauty Influencer
My best advice for someone who is facing a challenge that they feel is insurmountable is if you work hard enough and you really want to conquer it, it can be done and to just work hard for whatever you want; It can definitely be accomplished!
Shelby Plummer- Makeup Artist and University Student
It is easy to forget that our bodies and minds are not permanent on this earth, but the effort you put forth is. Be the example for generations to come and never give in no matter the challenges you face.
Erin Clark – Life Coach and Wellness Advocate for Mompreneurs
When I am faced with challenges that seem too big to overcome, first – I close my eyes and take 10 deep breaths. By slowing myself down, I am able to clear my mind and see the challenge for what it really it. Nothing is too big for your brain to take on if it’s well trained. In my work, I have realized that every problem – and I mean EVERY PROBLEM – can be solved in our mind first. By understanding our thoughts and emotions are the root of our actions and results, we can take on anything without ever changing the circumstance at hand! Nothing is too big for the mind to handle.
Rachel Tweed, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Massage Therapist
Even in the most challenging moments there is hope. It is never too late to make a change in your life.
Dominica Avendano- beauty entrepreneur (Nails, Lashes, Brows)
My advice is that your journey was never meant to be easy and there will be obsticals that you have to face. As the saying goes nothing worth doing or keeping comes easy. Stay strong and always remember everything happens for a reason and never give up on yourself because you are your best investment.
Alison Jones Doctor of Chiropractic
If they feel the challenge is insurmountable then it will be exactly that. Whatever the mind can perceive, it can achieve. Whether you think you can or cannot, you’re absolutely right.
Dreyah Necole- Creative Colorist
Always keep faith in your self and don”t loose focus on WHY you started. Keep researching bout your field of passion to see how you can stand out or enhance what has already been done. Inspire yourself without limitations and be CONFIDENT in YOUR OWN trend.
Moriah Michelle – Creative Photographer, Photographer, and Personal Trainer
Never give up or lose hope. Challenges create us into the person we are meant to be. If we give up when things get difficult, how will we ever grow?