Part II: I’m sharing words of wisdom from four women, all winners of a statewide honor, called the New Hampshire Business Review’s Outstanding Women in Business Honor. This is part II; the first part is here.
If you’re not in business, don’t leave the blog yet ! These women gave us words of advice about life, not just about business. They were part of a panel at a conference last Friday, hosted by Women Inspiring Women. And they did inspire – the whole day and the community it brought together were inspiring actually.
How could you apply these words in your own life? Consider each role in your life: parent, business owner, career, volunteer, mentor, caregiver.
“Have a passion outside of your vocation;
it helps maintain a balance in your life
and moderate the challenges that arise at work and at home.”
My thoughts: Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or work outside your home, this advice because this will give you balance more easily. Finding that passion, hobby, or interest outside of your regular day-to-day role serves to pull you out of the day-to-day and fill that gap between work and life.
It’s too easy to say “but I love my …. family/business/career.” When you go out with friends, do you find you talk about your work or your children most of the time? This is particularly tough for stay-at-home parents and people who work in our own businesses. We created it and we love it. But to keep loving it (family or business), you need time for yourself. Perspective, new interests, learning new skills or learning more about yourself – all great benefits.
Inspiration! If you’d like to read my comments about the quotes from the other women, click here for the first blog.
“Commit to never-ending improvement. Your life should always be a work in progress.Be inquisitive, especially with people you perceives as more successful. End every day smarter than when you started. “
“Authenticity – Be who you are and use what you have.Bring your full self to your work and your leadership style.That is where your power is.” - Katie Merrow, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Think big, act small. Make that first step doable.”
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Each of these quotes make for a useful and important topic to work with me by phone - for organizing your thoughts, holding yourself accountable and for coaching, with my support as you build your own abilities and find what works for you.