Thursday, November 5, 2015

Why Not Walk Amongst the Giants?

From my long past as a leader in corporate America and from being on Boards, one thing I have noticed consistently is that women shy away from bold declarations, such as:

I want to be rich.

I want to be #1.

I want to own it.

I want to be powerful.

I want to be at the top.

Now before you agree or disagree with me, think about it: when was the last time you heard a woman say any of the phrases above in a meeting full of men (especially powerful men)?

What's even more interesting to me is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos of men in sports, business, philanthropy, etc that make the statements above and are called "brave", "inspirational ", " a go-getter", and more!

This post is not to get into some Lean-In exposé or to be some male bashing post. I write the above to illustrate that very clearly, there's a distinct, unsaid societal paradigm that doesn't encourage women to speak powerfully in a language that empowers them to be THE best.

And I was thinking of this even more so reading media on current women power players...their stories of becoming THE best is contrarian to historical accounts of what it means to have power, influence or to even be rich.

Women who are breaking down barriers in corporatations, owning businesses, volunteering and giving back are proving that their definition of being THE best must consider their relationships, family, spirituality, sister circles, desire to understand the world, giving back to the community, etc...the very people, experiences and groups that helped cause them to be THE best.

So let me ask you: Why not walk amongst the Giants?

To empower you to do just that and answer this question for yourself, here's a great note written by Robin Sharma, guru and confidant to global Titans:

Ready to walk with the giants?... 

Then make these decisions: 

--Release scarcity + adopt generosity as your main way of thinking. 

--Forgive the unforgiven, as you are carrying them on your back. 

--Understand that every person who has shown up in your life arrived to help you become the person you now are. Appreciate and love them. 

--Trust that suffering grows strength and your trials can serve your growth vastly. The best of us who have graced this earth leveraged their pain into greater humility, bravery and love. 

--Commit to doing the projects that terrify you + shifting from accepting good work from yourself to demanding legendary production from yourself. 

--Never miss an opportunity to serve or encourage another human. 

--Refuse to cling to stagnation. Complacency destroys potentially awesome lives. So as you rise to new levels of success and joy, keep optimizing. 

--Aggressively notice the miracles in every so-called average day--they are there for those awake enough to witness them. 

--Smile at strangers, do kind things for zero return + be polite (it's so uncool to be rude). 

--Make a stop doing list so you delete the misuses of your oh so precious time. 

--Less news more books. Period. 

--Be a person of depth, wisdom, understanding, ingenuity, audacity, decency and love. At the end, even the finest of us will have wished we'd loved more. So do it now. Please. 

--Remember that we get what we settle for, so set audacious goals that evoke the fiery brilliance that resides within you. 

--Write hand written thank you notes to your mentors and those who have helped you. In a world of digital, it shows how much you care. 

I believe in your talents + gifts + dreams. 

Now go walk amongst the Giants in what calls your Genius forth and that also serves competition with others necessary based on some antiquated model of being THE best. It's Curva-Lish!

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