Think about it: women supporting other women. Makes sense, right?
If you ask most women if they support this notion, they would be quick to say they do. But do we really support other women, or just those close to us?
A few weeks ago, I was inspired by a video released by the #leanintogether movement started by Facebook Chief Operating Officer and Lean In Founder and Board Chair, Sheryl Sandberg.
The video highlights several successful women and how their lives and careers have been impacted through the empowerment they received from other women. After viewing this video nearly a dozen times, I thought about how this idea relates to me. Who are all the women who have supported, mentored, and empowered me? Would I be where I am at now had these women not stepped forward? What have I learned from these women who chose to #leanin instead of hold their own success captive as if sharing it would put their own success in jeopardy? Do I support women or just those I am close with?
After researching and speaking with other women, I've compiled a short list of reasons why, I believe, women supporting other women just makes sense:
1. Success is found everywhere.
In an industry. In a position. In a workplace or organization. In a relationship. In a marriage. In parenting. In a lifestyle. In a hobby. Success is literally found everywhere. Often times, we limit our view of success to only a career, but success transcends far beyond just a person's career. Each and every one of us is capable of success, so why not empower and encourage each other to achieve that success?
2. Everyone is a success to someone.
If success is found everywhere, then why don't we freely share it? I asked my friend who is a mother of two how she is such a successful mom. Looking at me as if I were crazy, she replied that there were much better moms out there and would hardly classify herself as a success.
So many of us fail to share our successes because we don't see ourselves as a success. We think that until we are on the cover of Forbes or walking the red carpet that we aren't worthy of being considered a success, much less sharing it with others. Maybe you own a successful business, or are an effective communicator. Maybe you are a patient parent, or stay on top of the latest fashion trends. Maybe you've maintained a happy marriage, or maybe you've rebounded following a painful divorce. The reality is that we are all a success to someone, so why not embrace that success and share its formula with those who seek it?
3. Success is limitless.
Success has no limits. Period.
The idea that there is a limited supply of success, and by sharing how you've achieve it with others is somehow going to put your own success in jeopardy is one of the biggest misconceptions in business. Success fuels innovation, which in turn creates more opportunities for you (and others) to achieve success. It's only threat is when it is no longer pursued. If success is unlimited, why do we hold the secrets to our success so close?
4. Collaboration multiples success.
If you ask the world's most successful business leaders, athletes, philanthropists, innovators, etc., you would be hard-pressed to find one to admit that their success has been a lone effort. Success is nearly always the result of some sort of collaboration, whether between business partners, colleagues, friends, a coach and athlete, etc. Maybe you collaborate with other women to form an exercise group, or maybe you partner with another small business owner on an event. Instead of creating just one success, a collaboration often results in multiple.
this week, I challenge you:
Take a few minutes and think about all the ways you are a success. Seek out opportunities to empower other women by sharing your successes. Recognize the value of collaboration in your own life, and enjoy the benefits of multiplying success.
"When women #leanintogether, we accomplish amazing things."
- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and Lean In Founder
Hey y'all I'm Jennifer and I"ll be hosting Girls Nights Out, daytime meet-ups and other exciting events for Housewives in the City here in K-Town! Although I was born in Bristol, TN, my dad's job had us living in 11 states within 7 years! We bounced around as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as Alabama before relocating to Knoxville in 1989. I tried moving away when my husband's job took us up north but nope, it just didn't stick- back to Knoxville I came and here I will stay! I have 3 fantastic kiddos and I have been known to enjoy bacon...on my bacon! Now, as far as Knoxville goes, you probably know that A) Around here football season is a 5th season- Go Vols! B) We take being "Scruffy" very seriously and C) It is a town full of amazing people-especially the ladies! So come on out to one of our events, meet some amazing women, have a great time and be sure to say "Hey Jen!"