While the current situation in the business world is significantly better than it used to be a mere decade ago, the fact is that businesswomen still don’t quite have it easy. We can still hear the reports of inequality and unequal pay in workplaces, as well as various reports of discrimination.
Arguably, women do have it more difficult in the business world, especially those who are trying to make it big. However, that being said, there are certainly businesswomen who have managed to stand out from the crowd and have their voices heard. While it was definitely not easy, they’ve managed to launch their ventures and reach significant success. Here are some of the ways they’ve managed to do so.
Successful businesswomen believe in themselves
If you are trying to reach success, one of the most important things you need to learn to practice is self-belief. Simply put, if you want to earn other people’s trust and make them believe in you and your business, you should first believe in it yourself. This is probably the most important personality trait that will set you apart from the rest of the crowd. If you don’t believe in your venture, you won’t get too far with your business efforts. Therefore, know what you want to do and how you want to do it, raise your head up high and don’t let anyone stand in your way.
Successful businesswomen are ambitious
Ambition is another force that successful women are driven by. While ambition is a personality trait that was usually attributed to men, the fact is that women can also be as ambitious – if not even more! So, focus your efforts on growing your venture and dare to be as ambitious as all of the men in the business world. If you want to achieve anything, you first have to really want it. And if you really, really want something, don’t be scared to make it clear to anyone around you! Of course, there are numerous other things you can also do to boost your business efforts, so make sure you learn what they are as well.
Successful businesswomen are confident
Confidence is not only essential, but it can also be very attractive. If we look at some of the most attractive women in media today, the one thing all of them have in common is the confidence they simply seem to exude. If you want to achieve something in life and you are confidently working towards achieving that goal, actually managing to do so shouldn’t be too difficult. Besides, other people seem to adore confident people, which is why improving this personality trait is definitely something you need to work on. And even if you feel like your confidence levels are not quite at the enviable level, you should at least try to fake it ‘till you make it.
Successful businesswomen are humble and willing to learn
While being confident and ambitious is definitely great, you also need to try and stay humble. There’s a thin line between being confident in yourself and being cocky. Humbleness is what sets these two apart. On a similar note, if you stay realistic about your strong and weak points, you will have a much easier time determining what they are and seeing where you need to improve. Staying open to constructive criticism and being ready to learn will only boost you on your road to success. For instance, if you want to invest in your business, but you’re not quite sure how you can achieve that, you should see to it that you learn how to trade. This way, not only will you expand your skill set, but you will also learn a valuable trait that can only benefit your business efforts in the long run.
Successful businesswomen are passionate about their business
Women generally tend to be more passionate about anything they do. When it comes to running a business, this can lead to great results. If you truly feel passionate about something you do, you are more likely to do all it takes to turn it into success. That’s why you need to assess the situation and see if you’re really passionate about your endeavor. If the answer is not definitely positive, you should re-evaluate the situation. Once you find something you strongly feel passionate about and do your best to turn it into your business, growing on that field will come natural and easy.
Successful businesswomen know how to prioritize
Furthermore, women are generally more organized and better at prioritizing, which proves to be extremely helpful when trying to grow a business. The reason this comes in so handy is the fact that if define your end goal as “reach success” and work towards achieving it, chances are you won’t get too far. Instead, you should learn how to separate the end goal into smaller, more easily achievable goals. This way, you will get a sense of fulfilment and gratitude every time you manage to cross one off of your list. And once you finally reach the end of that list, you can sit back and enjoy your success. Alternatively, if you feel like you can achieve more – start making a new list!
Successful businesswomen are brave
Similar to the aforementioned confidence and ambition, bravery is another thing that’s common for successful businesswomen. No matter how big or small your endeavor is, the fact is that it takes real guts to try your luck in the modern business world. Especially if you consider just how oversaturated each and every market is nowadays, starting your own business becomes borderline scary. However, never allow yourself to get discouraged. Ask yourself this – Would Oprah reach the level of success she has today if she simply backed down when things became tough or seemed borderline impossible?
Successful businesswomen are persistent
Starting and running a business are two entirely different things. While virtually anyone can start a business, only the determined and persistent can actually make it work long enough to reach success. So, businesswomen who are trying to reach success have to realize that they will constantly need to be grinding. Of course, there will be days when you feel a bit unmotivated and simply not in the mood to grind and that’s okay. It’s important that you minimize those days as much as possible and focus on achieving a healthy balance between all work and all play.
Successful businesswomen work hard
Finally, all successful people work hard – however, some more than others. It’s sad that the business world is still somewhat considered to be a sort of a “big boys” club, especially with so many successful women out there. But it is what it is. That’s why you need to prepare yourself to really work hard and give that extra push even if you know that what you’re trying to achieve doesn’t really require that much work. Don’t embrace the mindset that “he had it easier because he is a man” but try to prove to everyone around you that you can do just as good and work just as hard – if not even harder.
While all of the aforementioned steps may sound like simple common sense, you’d be surprised just how many people fail to take into account something as simple. The main takeaway is that you do need to work hard if you want to play hard. Without hard work and determination, your chances of reaching success will be next to none.
Jessie Connor is a passionate writer and researcher from Brisbane, contributor at several business and lifestyle blogs, hooked on yoga and healthy living. She loves to spend her free time travelling, reading and of course – shopping!