Forget the old-school concept of a strong and successful woman; the snooty, high-heeled, fear-inducing dragon lady likeness. In the last three weeks of spending my "10,000 hours" online, I’ve explored what to me seems the most exciting corner of the world wide web — a sub-planet of females who flourish. A better lot of this new breed of business belles are changemakers doing just that from the convenience of their own homes! They are young women who thrive mentally, financially, spiritually, and artistically.
It’s not only Beyonce who runs this world now. There is a great big web of them out there!
I think I understand why this is taking place. The world has never needed this much creators. Aside from it being validated by thought leaders like Dan Pink, Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Steven Pressfield, Malcolm Gladwell, and The Dalai Lama, you can tell it's inevitable. Connection, creativity, and authenticity are the new currencies of business.
But why do I affirm that women partake in this greatly? Because:
1. WOMEN ARE BORN CREATORS.
Nobody can say otherwise. It’s our birthright. Case in point, we create/cultivate lives. It's an extraordinary innate gift we have. So the next time someone tries to water down your ideas and tell you “ang dami mong arte” ("you’re being too frilly/artsy") just suck it up. Creativity is in your vein!
2. WOMEN HAVE A LOT OF FEELS.
Being emotional is not always a bad thing. Art is often rooted from a feeling. Feelings connect us. And some of a woman’s greatest values spring from having a very tender spot. This possibly answers why most women are patient, caring, loyal, intuitive, and expressive - qualities that are, according to John Gerzema’s statistical modeling, the most highly correlated characteristic for ‘the ideal modern leader.’ WUT.
3. WOMEN LIKE TO TALK.
A study shows we talk three times as much as men. We allot so much of our brainpower to chit-chat. However, if not supervised, we gossip-happy about each other a lot. I suggest we start busting that bad habit and use our verbal strength to build connections, talk about ideas and how we can back each other’s businesses up instead.
4. WOMEN HAVE STRONG INSTINCTS.
We have killer gut-feels. Every and I mean EVERY woman has an amazing story to share about this. Even Stanley Baldwin admits "I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason". That’s pretty crazy but hey. Your instincts refine your decision-making prowess. I smell awesome CEO.
5. WOMEN HAVE THE TIME.
Really. We do. We only fail to recognize it sometimes because we fill it up with excess. Too much shopping. Too much waiting for love to happen. Too much vanity. Too much impressing others. Reduce the too much and you’ll get the time you need to create and make bigger things happen.
Mind you, this is not to contest the opposite sex. This is simply a contemplation on our nature as women and using that as an advantage to become the creative entrepreneurs that the world needs. Because, yes, it is real. It can be done.
Thank you for reading all the way through! As promised, here are some links to my current favorite womentrepreneurs. Most of them are in the micro business spectrum. Remember, this is a RIDICULOUSLY SMALL slice of an online tribe of inspiring chicks. There is a galaxy of them!! Get clicking. You may land upon new stars.
Fresh by Sian by Sian Richardson
Heartmade by Mayi Carles
In Spaces Between by Rachel MacDonald
Goddess Huntress by Monique Reavis
Dean Streat Society by Hilary Rushford
Darling Studio by Christine Castro Hughes
In A Wonderworld Inah Kuehfuss
And more from this list at Stiletto Woman