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#TEDTalkInsights Hello my Lovely, so I virtually participated in the TEDWomen Livestream event yesterday at the Google Offices here in Munich with about 100 other Ladies. I absolutely love TED talks- they are always thought provoking, inspiring and moving. I wanted to share some of my takeaways that will hopefully be valuable for you and your Business so we all get to enjoy some of the TED magic together!
1)#Fear In the opening speech of local Google Director, he mentioned that he mentors many women and that the ONLY difference he found between mentoring men and women is that women will only dare to take on a new challenge if they feel 120 % sure that they can do it with their eyes closed, whereas men are jump in when they feel about 70 % ready. Could this also apply to how you run your Business? Do you hold back from putting out that new service or product or trying a new idea until you are super, mega, über sure of it? Most likely, yes- because we all often fall under fear-based perfectionism and procrastination. Decide today that within the next 7 days you will do something you feel unprepared for and you will be amazed what a game-changer that can be and that you are already GOOD ENOUGH!
2) #LikeaGirl They played this clip from an advertisement in the break which showed how doing things "like a girl" somehow morphed into an insult or worse- implying fundamental weakness. So throwing a ball like a girl or running like a girl...or doing anything like a girl has socially become a way of saying doing something in a weak or pathetic way. This truly appalls me on so many levels- and it deserves to change. I see every day in my coaching with women how brave, strong and beautiful they are. There is nothing meek about them. And there is nothing meek about me either. This narrative really deserves an overhaul and I feel as women business owners we are part of that change. We are here to show women can DO Business just as well or even better than men in some cases. To some extent, especially as an HSP, we can go even further and change the similar narrative that society has spun around sensitivity and being an HSP. HSP's are easily branded as the brittle, the overly emotional, the "too thin skinned ones"...and the fundamental story is once again one of weakness. I strongly feel that as an HSP and woman entrepreneur we are super powerful- and that our innate sensitivity is our greatest Business asset if we learn how to manage it in the right way. So here is to being game changers together- for our own lives, for our clients- and for the world! We need new role models that can show this and I am honoured to be working with so many wonderful women who are all making a difference in terms of changing the narrative- and changing the world! Thank you!
3) #Competition Another fascinating lady gave a talk on competition and how it impacts our lives and our reality at work. It is based on the modern capitalist idea of there not being enough to go round, for a strict pecking order, for having to push others down to rise up. She argued that competition needs to disappear in favour of a spirit of collaboration, exchange and mutual support. At some point in our entrepreneurial life we have all come to fear competition- that it would edge us out, drown our voice or even put us out of Business altogether. This is the voice of fear. We need to replace it with the voice of shared humanity- that there is enough room for everyone to self express, that we can share our resources without being poorer for it, that we can lend a hand instead of wanting an upper hand. And that when humans come together as one we can really be open to the touch of grace and abundance. So let us replace the scary word of competition with collaboration...so that we may all win!
Here is to YOUR success.
Thank you for allowing me to share my insights with you!
Helping highly sensitive, intuitive and creative entrepreneurs achieve sensitive success- the gentle way.