At my work, our communications department sends out an email every morning letting everyone know of articles and industry happenings that happened the previous day. The girl that sends them out most mornings is in charge of communications in our London office and is amazing and has the best sense of humor. In addition to sending our all the news about the stock market, she also will randomly include hilarious links to videos, pictures and articles non-related to work. Last week or so, she sent out this article about the importance of teaching the girls and young women of this world to be BRAVE. And how in today's society we are constantly teaching and encouraging our young men and men to be brave, speak up, pursue the challenging option - but yet many of the young girls and even women in society today we (subconsciously or not) are encouraging them to "play it safe" and take the route in which they know success will come and failure will not.
I love this article. I love it as a woman and as a mom to a little girl. No one likes to fail, but isn't it in the failures in life that you learn the most? The times when it didn't quite go the way that I wanted it to or the path I thought was best or I failed miserably - looking back, those are the times I learned about myself the most. When I took the risks that didn't feel comfortable. I need to continue to remind myself of that even in my current stage of life, when it feels easier to do what's easy and comfortable and in my routine - that you don't always have to succeed but in being brave and standing up for yourself and asking for those things that might not seem attainable - that is when true life is lived.
Enjoy this quick article (taken as an excerpt from a TED talk by Reshma Saujani) and read on a Tuesday!
(PS this is perfect timing as one of my good friends is one of the hosts of Omaha start up week at The Exchange. She has poured her heart and soul into this as co-founder and I couldn't be more proud! Way to go Erica!)