Recently Grrl Genius wrote some great business advice and self-worth affirmations, and I just want to mention that I couldn’t agree more with her when it comes to mentoring young people, giving direction and purpose to their lives, and establishing a “true reality” picture of what it takes to “make-it” in this cut-throat world of ours.
Credos to Grrl Genius as she wrote “The world is filled with hate, oppression, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism, homophobia and people who insist on wearing mullets, and not in an ironic way. But if you allow these things to be your reason for not doing better, well, you're allowing the racists, sexists, anti-Semites, terrorists, gay-bashers and people with ridiculously bad hairdos to win.”
“When I focused on how unfair the world is to women, it made me too depressed to try and succeed. When I decided to use my silly (but highly effective!) method of declaring myself a Grrl Genius, capable of accomplishing anything I could dream of, my whole life turned around. Words are powerful. Smarter women than I (Oprah Winfrey, Marianne Williamson, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi) all believe this to be true.”
I believe that you can accomplish anything, not despite being a woman, but because you are one. Dealing with an unfair world has made you stronger and more sensitive. Claim your strength. Claim your power!
Case in Point: Catalogs.com recently added to our existing staff a part-time high school girl to help out with general filing, sorting, envelope stuffing, etc. We paid her hourly, and she was able to gain valuable experience and begin to understand the power of professionalism (rather than flipping burgers at McDonald’s) Now that she’s graduated, we are taking on a new young male intern. Mentoring kids is important. As the Sensei in my daughter’s karate class just said tonight “People who don’t GIVE don’t GET!” It’s important for all entrepreneurs and businesses to teach and educate our children as best we can!