Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.
Kiara Medero | Store Manager & Travel Enthusiast
My advice to someone that is facing a challenge would be to inspect their own mindset. Mind is very powerful and challenges can make us feel out of control. Start by changing your mindset about you situation, look for the positive things even when they can be only a few. When you realize which things are those focus just on them and you will see that focusing on the positive side will make your journey not the easiest but better.
Sabine Jean | Fashion Wardrobe Stylist & Influencer
The best advice I would give someone who is facing a challenge is no matter what don’t give up and continue to put your best foot forward even if it feels like the hardest thing to do. The most difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. You’ll overcome whatever it is if you truly believe that. And when you do, look back to see how far you’ve come.
Christine Cavallo | USA National team rower
If a challenge feels insurmountable- break it down. 1% of a goal is still better than 0%, and sometimes that tiny victory is all it takes to chip away and build momentum to take us closer to achieving the big picture.
Amelia Sofis | personal trainer and strength coach
Take one step at a time and don’t give up. A small amount of progress everyday will add up!
Laura Bonafè | Fitness | Psychologist
I do not believe in magic, but I believe in the law of attraction, because it works for me! I believe that good attracts good, and bad attracts more bad! If you think something is insurmountable, it will be. But if you start thinking that nothing is impossible and you, like everybody, is capable of everything, the vision of the world will change and will take the path that you design, because you will write it! Don’t let the challenge dominate you, but you do dominate the challenge and from insurmountable will turn in affordable. Remember, everything that is a ‘human’ challenge it’ s achievable for everybody, including you! Your abilities are not less that others’, so trust yourself and do your best one little step at a time, because the first step will not take you where you want, but it will move you forward from where you were.
Jennie Bergqvist | Photographer & Traveler
My advice is to not be afraid to ask other people for help, and also share with others what you are going through. Many of us think that we are alone in our struggles and we don’t ask for help, but we are all human, and we are all on a journey. No one is living a perfect life. If you want to try something new and scary please know that almost everyone lacks confidence in something they have never done, almost everyone has a critical voice who holds them back, almost everyone finds it difficult to handle conflicts and almost everyone is wondering if this is the right time to start. But some people do it anyway, they understand that it is a natural part of growing, to challenge their fears and try things that are difficult. For every little small step they prove to themselves that it is possible. It doesn’t mean that they stop doubting, but it means that there is something inside of them that is stronger and more important than the doubts. So take small steps and celebrate each little victory, no matter how small! And if things don’t go you way on the first try, see it as a lesson, not a failure, and then you try again! And don’t forget to celebrate yourself for trying too!
Maru Geist | Fitness coach, Life lover
You will find challenges every day of your life. Some will dare you to step out of your comfort zone. Some will make you reconsider everything you have ever believed on. Whatever the nature, all challenges are here to make you grow as a person. When you accept the challenge and face it head on, you empower yourself to embrace the unknown and already,half of the battle is won. Trust yourself. Trust that the Universe is here to support your decisions, your thoughts and your actions, as long as they build you.
Jai Magner Koch | P.A.- Real Estate Investor
You are definitely not going to gain anything by not trying. My advice is to break up the end goal into smaller, workable, stages that will eventually get you to the finish line. With each completed step you will gain a sense of achievement, confidence and trackable progress! #bossbabe
Dana Fortune | Collage and Textile Artist, Photographer, Teacher, and Vegan Food Lover!
Think about the most challenging experience you’ve ever faced. Remember, you got through that, one day at a time. You’ll get through this, too. And you’ll be even stronger for it.
Adriana Montano | Industrial / Graphic Designer and future Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
The best advice i can give to someone that is having that kind of feelings is : At least try … “Although you are very small and your kind have existed in the universe for only a short time, You are an important part of something very large and very beautiful”.
ELA, also known as Daniela Gonzalez – Model & Influencer
We all feel like this sometimes, but just see every morning like it’s a new opportunity for you to start over. Don’t give up! You are capable of doing so many things but you just have to give it a try first. Something I know it’s that nothing lasts forever (:
Monica Villegas | Social Media Manager & Content Creator
First of all if you are taking challenges you’re doing the right thing. And if something scares you, it means you’re going out of your comfort zone – a huge plus! To go over a big challenge I usually break it down into smaller “bite-size” challenges that are easier to complete and will take me to the final destination. The example I always use is a marathon. I’m not going to run the 42K in one day right from the start; instead I’ll break it down into a kilometer one day, go up to five, 10K, etc until my body and mind are fully ready to handle a marathon.
Patricia Ferreira | Women’s Success Strategist (AKA Bosslady Coach) & Transformational Speaker
“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise” -W.E.B Dubois
Laura Sgroi | Certified Positive Lifestyle + Business Coach & Speaker
My first advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is: Stop and Breathe. Then assess your situation. State what is the goal by the end of this challenge. Break it down in small tasks. Ask yourself: Which strengths of mine can I use more powerfully to overcome this challenge? What/Who could help me? What else can I do? What is the lesson within this challenge? And the most important question: What am I learning about myself in this journey that will help me get closer to the solution? Focus on staying positive, working towards a solution and the problem will slowly get solved. Be grateful for the opportunity to grow and celebrate the small victories on your way to the finish line!
Krysta James – Blogger
I was once told that life is like a picture, the closer you stand to the frame the harder it is to see the full image. I believe this is parallel to life’s challenges. Often time’s we tend to focus on one thing and allow it to consume us. You might not be able to conquer everything in one shot. Achieving a goal or getting over a hurdle might seem too challenging depending on your vantage point. Sometimes you need to take a step back, examine the whole picture, determine what this test is trying to teach you, and what you can learn from this hardship. Once you view everything in its entirety the problem might not seem too great, or you’ll gain a better understanding on how to tackle the issue. Mountains always seem bigger the closer you stand; sometimes you need to just take a step back and enjoy the view.