If you know me, you know that one of my all-time favorite songs is “Hard Out Here” by Lilly Allen. This catchy anthem features the iconic lyrics it’s hard out here for a b*tch and is a sarcastic nod to the sexism present in the music industry.
Lilly Allen hit the nail on the head with this song, and in addition to being a BOP it also sheds light on important issues in our society.
The most obvious—Being a woman is HARD!
The first step to becoming a strong and successful businesswoman is understanding that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. The business landscape is still primarily dominated by men, which can make it difficult for a woman to climb the corporate ladder.
Having confidence is key when working in business. However, unfortunately a woman with confidence is more likely to come off as being arrogant in comparison to a man with confidence. It’s up to us to change the stigma surrounding confident women and replace it with a more positive connotation.
The next step in becoming a successful businesswoman is having clear goals for your future.
Make sure the goals you have are aligned with the five SMART criteria (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound), so you have an anchor on which to base all of your focus and decision-making
Once you have confidence and clear goals you can begin the next step! Which is networking. Get to know other successful women in your field by attending networking events and socials. Sometimes who you know is just as important as what you know…
And finally, throughout your career take moments to appreciate the strides women before you have taken. It has been a long road to equality, but the fight is not over.
We’re all in this together so remember to be supportive of your women colleagues and help each other climb the corporate ladder.
As always…. Stay fierce ladies!