Women have faced many challenges throughout history, and the list is long of those who overcame adversity and became influential, inspirational figures. We read about Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, breaking boundaries at big businesses or Emily Weiss leaving her day job start her own cosmetics company. Often, though, there are obstacles that get in the way of women following their dreams. If you are looking to get ahead in your career or pursue new passions, it’s important to recognize what’s stopping you and then own your ambition.
“Adversity doesn’t have to define you, but rather it can strengthen, shape, and liberate you to do important things,” says Betty Ng, author of PO-LING POWER: Propelling Yourself and Others to Success and CEO of Inspiring Diversity, LLC, which builds inclusive, collaborative, and high-performing communities. “Anything is possible, regardless of your background, as long as we help each other to succeed.”
“These are individually-defined and should also take into consideration your personal vision and passions,” Ng says. “It’s critical to align what you do or plan to do with your personal vision. This is how you find your authentic self.”