Went to see a friend yesterday and our conversation went into the topic of women and business, and how the way we are positioned in life and culture might be influencing the way we approach business and even life. The scenario was this: she was handling a business issue with a friend and even though she was supposed to charge said friend for the amount of work she was involved in she just couldn't because she felt bad.
We then debated on whether our nurturing natures, our sometimes fractured self image, our need to please others and our deep consciousness of how others might perceive us is why we do not demand for raises at work, immediately say sorry when someone else bumps us in the hallway (they should be the one apologizing), prevents us from speaking up during board meetings, or tone down things when in a competitive environment. We further shifted into the topic of how quickly we lose our voices in relationships or are expected to lower ourselves a bit in our pursuit of our dreams (some cultures more than others).
Our conclusion had solutions. We believe that first we must be conscious of the things we deal with that are self sabotages. We must then honestly address them seeking other female mentors to help us as we go into uncharted or uncomfortable territory of change and boldness, and we must start teaching the younger female generation to think differently, expect more, and go for it.
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