“There is no passion to be found in living a life that is less than you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela
Today I had the opportunity to speak on a panel to a group of women at Utah Valley University. The students submitted great questions for the panelists on things such as overcoming obstacles, how to balance work and family life, the importance of mentors, and questions on different challenges women face in the workplace and how they can overcome those. It is always fun speaking to a group of women because there are so many similar emotions and feelings we can collectively relate to which is inevitably a bit therapeutic for all of us in the room but it reminds us that we aren’t the only one…
Hopefully the takeaway the women left the event with today is that they shouldn’t let fear get in their way of living the life they are capable of living. They shouldn’t limit their thinking on what they can do and achieve. They should recognize how valuable their intuition and insights as women are to a business and feel confident in those.
My company succeeded because we had both men and women working together to solve problems. Men and women naturally have different ways of approaching things and they are each able to see things from a different angle, so when they can each share their different perspectives and insights on how a company might handle things, their combined perspectives always lead to the best solution.
As we live the life we are capable of living may we all remember to help others around us to do the same because as Nelson Mandela said,
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Live a life of passion AND significance.
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )