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.
Myminaa | Entrepreneur and aspiring model
The best advice I can give to someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to not dwell on the negatives. I highly believe that you can speak things into exist, and being positive and optimistic will take you very far in life.
Jarling Perez | Public Relations & Event Planner
Challenges are a part of life never see it as a failure but more of an opportunity to learn and grow. Communication is key. When you express your thoughts and needs to people that can help you, things take a turn for the better. Stay positive and give yourself time daily to overcome obstacles one by one always putting God first.
Irina Lipina | Sales & Marketing Manager and Model
I would recommend for every person to take a deep breath and sleep over with the problem. Usually the next morning I always find a solution, even for so called insurmountable challenge (which there is actually nothing insurmountable in this world), because I look at this challenge from a different point of view.
Valery Morales | Artist
I’d say that if you’re facing something insurmountable, the best way to move forward is with a single step. Think of just the first simples thing you have to do, and work towards that. Facing a huge decision or going through something difficult, every moment will feel insurmountable. As long as we remember to step back, it will always be possible to move forward.
Erica Bachelor | Founder of The ReKoop, and President of The Brendon P. Bachelor Foundation, Brendon’s Duffels of Hope, and Principle of Marketing for Bachelor Companies
I would say lean on your faith. I’ve been through some very tough moments in my life that I wouldn’t have survived without the faith I have in my lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If you’re not able to rely on faith rely on those around you. Take time to evaluate the situation on your own time and write down how you can overcome it. Most importantly know you’re never alone. Go to your fiends and family. The most important piece of advice I can give is to not allow yourself to be isolated. Reach out to others, and remember any challenge you’re facing will only last for a season. With every struggle you overcome, you get stronger and more resilient.
Mia Mark | Businesswoman and Model
There are no insurmountable challenges. There’s always an answer, a solution and a positive side to everything, we just need to open our minds and have patience. The key is to believe in ourselves no matter how big the barrier may be and no matter how much others won’t believe in us. Remember to always acknowledge the goal, recognize the challenge and develop a plan by starting your sentence with I can, I am and I will.
Kerrie Manbodh | Model
The best advice I have for someone that is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to first stay strong and positive. I think it’s important to believe in yourself, in your ability to succeed. Every challenged I‘ve experienced has given me the opportunity to either learn a lesson or to realize a hidden talent I never knew I had. As hard as this challenge may seem to overcome, you will be able to get through it. We all face tough challenges at some point of our life, stay focus and try your best and never give up.
Janessa Suarez | promotional specialist and future physician assistant
My best advice to someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable, would be to JUST KEEP GOING. You will always face a hardship in life and it’s up to you, to remind yourself that you are capable of making the impossible happen. It may not happen at the time you want it to, but great things take time. Don’t allow the fear of a challenge overcome the result of something great.
Tegan Pinna | Associate Market Builder
Everyone has their own battles in life, we each face different obstacles, some can be compared and some cannot. If I could give one piece of advice to someone who is facing a challenge I would say FOCUS ON YOU & KEEP MOVING FORWARD. I have had moments where I have fallen, felt like I was trapped or ended up with nothing and no one but I refuse to let that define who I am. No matter the obstacle I continue to face it head on, I focus on bettering myself one day at a time and I know that it will make me stronger in the future and make me the person I am proud of, the woman I want to be. Always remember nothing is stronger than your mind, you have to believe in yourself and believe you can overcome any obstacle or any challenge that comes your way. Sure, it may take time, effort and multiple attempts but nothing worth having comes easy. STAY POSITIVE and DON’T STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF!!
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.