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
Black Orchid Boutique
I would say if you feel that a challenge is unsurmountable that means you’re aiming high enough. Nothing that comes easy is worth it. So keep your dreams big and know that you are the force behind your own aesthetic living. Blossom Baby
Tia W. Vaughn -Jewelry Artist/Founder-TarteLaine Designs
Fear is paralyzing..don’t focus on how scary the challenge may seem. Come up with a plan and a goal then just do it. THEN celebrate. Pat yourself on the back for facing the challenge and celebrate every win along the way, no matter how big or small. You have to give yourself credit to stay motivated and confident to face the next challenge – even if the result isn’t exactly what you planned.
Abigail Lalumandier – Recovery Influencer
What’s the best advice you have for some who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable? Nothing lasts forever and just know that the best views come from the hardest climbs.
Melanie Shute –– Events Manager & Fashion Influencer
To keep going, and never give up. Sometimes the biggest challenge seems unachievable but launches into the most rewarding accomplishment in the future. Don’t compare yourself to others, and do things that bring you joy and happiness. Surround yourself around people that bring positivity. Remember you’re a badass, and you can absolutely do it!
Felicia Akop-jewelry artist•designer/web mistress/boutique boss & Lizzie Akop-boutique boss/style boss/merchandising maniac
We were raised with the ideology, throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.
Jillian Prado Terrell – Trend Forecaster
My advice for anyone facing an extreme challenge is to take it step-by-step and to lean in to those around you who will support you.
Martha Flores A Driven Fashionista
My advice would be to stay positive because positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Amy Duncan – Owner/Principal Consultant of Rari Veblyn Business Concierge Services
It may sound really cliche but the confidence I get from being spiritually centered helps me conquer anything that comes my way. For me, I can’t do anything without God. I have to find the strength from Him before I can do anything. Prayer, meditation, and confiding in safe spaces have been my guiding forces. There’s a beauty in silence; you’re able to critically think and play out so many scenarios to get the answer to just about anything.
Samanda Marshall-Sawyer-Business Strategist
Challenges are opportunities. Always seek God for direction on how to handle those opportunities. Then move forward in that direction.
Laci Villarreal – Personal brand photographer
I believe we have all felt at some point in time something is insurmountable. Sometimes I still feel that way in certain situations but I remind myself of everything in my life I’ve overcome. In facing your fear of why you think this challenge isn’t possible, start to place yourself in that uncomfortable situation. The more you do the impossible makes it easier to do it and helps achieve that goal you thought was impossible. My favorite quote I found in college that I love even today is by pablo picasso “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Don’t hold on to expectations, let go of judgements, and see how things unfold.
Jennifer Dickson, BSN, RN founder of SITTERNEEDED and Acuity Career Consulting / health & fitness enthusiast
Keep telling yourself to go. The biggest risk is to do nothing. Whatever you do, find small ways to move forward whether that’s in researching new information, obtaining new resources, or creating a plan. Remind yourself that everything that’s ever been accomplished was considered impossible until it wasn’t. The path to overcoming lies in action, so when you start, just don’t quit.
Brittany Bello Model & Entrepreneur
Shift your perspective, always. Maybe *you* are the insurmountable obstacle in someone else’s journey. We are both the Universe/Source itself as well as the recipient of the blessings of the Universe. If you can make someone else’s day/life better, why couldn’t someone do that to you and help you overcome that obstacle? There are plenty of people and things available to help us in our journeys, but if you don’t have the lenses to SEE them then we will always be in the dark. Open up your consciousness to not always play the victim and step into the role of giving. We all know the Law of Attraction, but try and visualize it this way for maximum results! We get what we give back to the Universe. Give thanks for the obstacle and what it’s teaching you, just as you sometimes decline to help others if you’re not inspired to (and this is ok because sometimes we’re not meant to have what we want). We create our own realities, imagine a reality where you pass that obstacle. It doesn’t have to be “reasonable”. You can make anything you want happen with the power of your intentions. Go be great and remember your power!
Savannah Mendenhall – Health Coach and Coffee Lover
Go for a walk outside and disconnect from your phone. No music. No social media. Just take a moment or two or a hundred to breathe. Your problems will still be there when you get back home and reconnected to the craziness of life, but an intentional break like this helps you to remember what it feels like to be you. You’re going through something incredibly difficult right now, but you are strong and worth the fight to keep on keeping on!
Megan Saustad- Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger/Influencer
My advice to anyone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to rely on their faith. I truly believe in a higher power, spending time in thoughtful prayer and being in a community with like-minded believers. This has made a profound impact on my life, especially during difficult times.
Barbara Arredondo – Dallas Real Estate Agent
Give yourself permission to believe in the possibilities when you are faced with what seems to be a hopeless, unconquerable challenge. Doing so does not mean you are denying the present situation you are faced with.
Legz Paris Entrepreneur and Entertainer
You should keep god first grind and don’t let no body stop you for doing what you love !it might not come over night but just remember Rome wasn’t built in one day ! It takes time to build a empire.
Rei Miller – Owner & Professional Organizer of Sakura Rose
I would say break it all down into bite size pieces, and if those pieces still feel too big and overwhelming to consume, break them down even smaller. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone you trust or a professional you trust for advice or help. One of the best things that I have done is reach out to mentors and join industry mastermind groups so that I have people who I can turn to for support at any time.