On the morning after this year’s presidential election, the local forecast was “chilly with clear skies”—an outlook that remains relevant as new or renewed leaders begin their terms. Though possibly divided by our November votes, women can unite in many victories that suggest good things ahead:
In Debora Spar’s recent Newsweek article “Why Women Should Stop Trying to Be Perfect”, she asserts, “No woman can have it all, and by using all as the standard of success, we are only condemning ourselves and our daughters to failure.” Her solution? “Resist the myth of solitary perfection.” In other words, cooperate with others and embrace our human limitations.
One way to evaluate leaders is to look at their followers. Take this extreme example: Holland Reynolds, a skinny high school runner who became a source of inspiration for the burly football players of the New York Giants. Two years after her amazing crawl across the finish line following a collapse a few yards away, she was featured this week on ESPN’s Sunday pre-game show as a cornerstone in the Giants’ current motto: finish—the same motivational phrase that helped prepare the team to win last year’s NFL championship. Continue reading
Ah, summer. If you are like most working women, you spent part of this season not working. Often the highlight of summer, vacation gives us a break from impending deadlines, urgent e-mails, and sluggish meetings. We flip off the work switch, go away, come back, and flip it back on. But there’s a better way: incorporating some vacation into our daily lives.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,” recommended Eleanor Roosevelt. While this quote has encouraged at least one woman to dive with sharks and swing from a trapeze, it also presents us with the opportunity to do the more mundane things in life without worrying about failure. Continue reading
- LET GO. Decide to let go of something negative. The more you hate something, the more you are bound to it; the more you love it, the freer you are. Continue reading
For most of my childhood and adolescence I wanted to be a writer. While my top choices were (1) eccentric novelist living in Paris, (2) prolific Rolling Stone reporter, or (3) jet-set Condé Nast travel writer, I would have settled for being a newspaper journalist. My parents were willing to pay for college tuition, but only for someone pursuing a “real job.”
In other words, not an aspiring writer.
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice—
As someone who falls near the line between introvert and extrovert, my natural tendency to proactively engage with others varies. Yesterday, the sun was shining in Rochester and the temperature soared into the 60’s. It certainly did not feel like March. Maybe it was the weather; maybe it was just me,
Are you focusing on what’s most important?