One night, after a couple of glasses of wine and too much popcorn, I was poking around on Fiverr and found a package of 100 Women-Empowerment Quotes for $22.
The package should have been called
100 Interesting Things Women Have Said + Some Gender Stereotype-Promoting Images.
Because I hate to waste money, I’m using the quotes in a #100daysofquotes series on Facebook.
(What is Facebook good for if it isn’t for promoting cheesy inspirational quotes).
Today’s quote got me thinking.
One of the pieces of advice that I wish I had been given when I left my career to launch my own business is to
be prepared to redefine success for yourself.
Reinvention can be scary. The fear of losing or shifting your identity is very real for many people.
The associated stress and paralysis can be particularly challenging for women who built their careers in the 1970s through the 1990s.
This is true whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a tenured professor at a local community college.
You earned your title(s), and your identity that goes along with that title. Giving that up to take on a new challenge can be disorienting, to say the least.
As you move into your next act, give some thought to how you will define success going forward.
It will help ground you as you uncover your new identity and will help prevent the very real comparison-induced spiral towards “I can’t do this” of career reinvention.
Here’s some questions to guide you:
Do I need money in order to feel successful or am I just used to defining success through money?
Do I need to be in the spotlight to feel successful or am I comfortable with being behind the scenes?
What are five potential non-monetary indicators of success for me?