During university I wasn’t making much money and falling deeper and deeper in debt. A friend of mine who made a good living owned a College Pro Painting franchise and after many conversations I decided to do the same, thinking if I worked hard and made enough money it would be the solution to my debt problems.
On October 5th, we bring awareness to stereotypes and social stigmas that cause shame, guilt and fear in hopes to help you break free of what may be holding you back from living your full potential. Too often, we forget to celebrate and play. Let’s take this opportunity to appreciate how far everyone has come.
During my first event, A Woman in a Man’s World, we gathered to hear from an all-female panel of business leaders. Together we shared what it’s like for a woman to be in business. At the second event we got to hear from both the women and the men so we could gain both perspectives. We broke through old stereotypes, stigmas and past conditioning that keeps people stuck.
We have heard before that we can’t control anyone else’s behaviour, and we can’t make another person change. But what happens when we, as individuals — as Men and Women — expect the other to change?
Not only do we start to ignore their unique qualities as individuals, but we begin to undermine their strengths. As women, we naturally know how to evoke emotion, create intimacy and lead from the heart to inspire action. We know how to make people feel good. Men lead by winning, they love the rewards that come from doing their best and pleasing those around them—and they want to do their job and perform it well.
As women, we are more independent and have more economic power than ever. But from my research I’ve found that we are also sick, lonely, unhappy and unfulfilled.
For a long time I sacrificed my feminine side for economic success—but it came with a huge cost: my health.
What do I mean by my “feminine side”? While both masculine and feminine energies are equally necessary, we tend to favour the masculine especially when it comes to business. Those unique feminine qualities, such as openness, reciprocity, flow and grace tend to be disregarded and ignored in favour of competition, aggressiveness and hierarchy.