Forget the old-school concept of a strong and successful woman; the snooty, high-heeled, fear-inducing ladyboss kind. 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 actually changemakers who started from scratch, wanted to make a difference, and now doing just that from their own homes or anywhere they feel like doing it for that matter. 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 made a list of a few of my favorites at the end of this post.
I think we already know 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. And we all know we can’t say it without stating that the Internet is a huge catalyst. It gave birth to a whole new level of communication - one that asserts connection, creativity, and authenticity.
Women, thereby, are destined to be profitable, creative people in the digital age because:
1. WOMEN ARE BORN CREATORS.
Nobody can say otherwise. It’s our birthright. Case in point, we create lives. I’m not oversimplifying it though. I’m just reminding y’all of this 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. Creative is in your vein! Besides, it would be much more fun to just prove to them your worth through a career than to punch them straight in the face.
P.S. If the female to male artists ratio in history bothers you. Don't let it. We just haven't been given the chance. Now's our time.
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. Never forget you have this gift because 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 the advantage we have to become the creative entrepreneurs that the world needs. Of course, we shall only crossover profitably if these traits are employed with an open mind and a big heart.
I’ve witnessed women do it and I’m ceaselessly learning from them. I’ve even reached out to a few of them and I would say 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 which makes it even more relate-able. Remember, this is a RIDICULOUSLY SMALL slice of an online tribe of inspiring chicks. There is a galaxy of them!! But 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