Who is this woman? She is empowered, enlightened and enterprising. She exudes energy, enthusiasm and confidence. She has chosen to embark on a journey and create a mission only she can fulfill. The female entrepreneur is a risk taker. She connects. She collaborates and she gives back and she will not be denied. She deserves success and takes pride in her accomplishments. She knows that her gifts matter and strongly believes in her journey. This strong willed, focused woman must live her destiny by sharing her talents with the world. She sets the standard of excellence in all that she does and in all that she is. She endures even under the toughest of challenges and naysayers.
The female entrepreneur is unstoppable. She does it all. She creates. She markets. She promotes. She shares resources. She supports other likeminded individuals with her ideas, her time and knowledge. It requires courage to be an entrepreneurial woman in today’s marketplace. There’s no fall back. No guaranteed pay check. No employee benefits. No paid vacations. It’s you, your products and/or services that are vying for consumers in an already established economic environment. This individual possesses the fortitude to differentiate herself from everyone else by finding a unique way to be memorable.
When I decided to leave the teaching profession after 12 years in the classroom, I was ready to pursue what at that time was a dream to become an entrepreneur. That was over 30 years ago! I bought a franchise. Everyone thought I was crazy. A typical comment was, “How can you give up your career, vacations, benefits, etc. to owning a retail business? You’ll have to work year round including weekends!” No one and nothing could persuade me. It was time and I as ready. I was determined. I was tired of someone else directing my life. I wanted control even if that meant long hours, hard work and an unknown future. Twelve years later I owned 6 franchises and became the company’s Regional Director with responsibility to oversee 22 other stores.
I look back on those years with huge satisfaction. I went from school teacher to entrepreneur. I went from a single, dependable pay check to multiple streams of income. I proved to myself and those who doubted my unstoppable determination that I could meet the challenges and survive.
I know firsthand what it takes to break away and go out on one’s own. I know the amount of faith it requires. I also know the rewards that come from doing what you really want to do even if that requires following unfamiliar roads to travel an uncertain journey. The female entrepreneur is doing better than surviving. She’s thriving. She’s unique. She’s a gift. She’s a person who endures. It serves us all to pay attention to and support her economically. She takes her tasks seriously, often over delivers and shows us what is possible by her example. If you are a female entrepreneur, congratulations. If you are considering ‘stepping out on your own’, go for it. When you believe in yourself, others will believe in you. Be unstoppable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bonnie Ross-Parker, America’s Connection Diva, is a high energy, enthusiastic, successful businesswoman and solo-entrepreneur. She is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching individuals how to step up their game in any networking situation.
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