I read this quote by Sheryl Sandberg recently ‘Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much’. I have read it many times since then, not because it is a difficult concept to grasp, but because I have thought this for a long time, that women hold themselves back and deny themselves the success they deserve.
I meet a lot of fantastic women, who are doing great things at work or in business, but they have a lot of untapped potential. Maybe they already know it, and choose to do nothing about it, but I’m not sure. I think they realise and they hesitate, maybe out of fear of success, or because they don’t want to be perceived as ambitious. Ambition is not a bad thing, and there are no prizes for settling for less.
How many men do you think would do the same, faced with an opportunity?
I am striving to achieve my true potential, but I also hesitate sometimes, because of my fear of success and what impact it will have on my life and those surrounding me. So, none of us are immune to these feelings.
I realise now, I can create the outcome I choose! If I want to stand on the edge and hesitate or be fearful, the impact I will create will be limited and if I want to take those steps and find out what I am actually capable of, the impact may be unlimited. That feels scary and exciting all at once! Marianne Williamson reminds me ‘Your playing small does not serve the world. You were meant to shine’.
What about you? Are you hesitating because of fear, or are you ready to embrace ambition and shine?
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Finally, here is Sheryl Sandberg talking about closing the ambition gap.
Closing the Ambition Gap via @MAKERSwomen. WATCH here: www.aol.it/yZyYnR