Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.
Alana Perry- Model/Actress
Pray. Nothing is going to happen without god, be thankful for what you have now so when you get everything you finally deserve you’ll already feel so blessed for what you have.
Maggie Dukes – Community Account Manager & Full Time Mom
When you are faced with problems that are insurmountable, breath. Focus on the small moments and the good, changing things one piece at a time. Remember that we only see a small portion of the grand picture. God will carry you through it, simply have faith and breathe. You still have not lived your best days, remind yourself they are ahead.
Emma Cantrell- Musical Theatre Student, Activist, and Lupus Warrior
My advice for anyone who is facing a challenge is to reach out and communicate with someone they trust. Talking to someone can change your perspective on the situation and possibly help you see a new side of things. Also I want everyone to know that they always have someone to reach out to, no matter how alone they feel. I always suggest to face the problem head on and never run away from it because it will only get worse, and lastly no matter how difficult the situation maybe always choose love and kindness in the midst of hardships because even though you are going through something difficult you never know who may need that compassion in their lives!
Keena360 – Master Stylist and CEO of MastersBrand
The Best advice I can give is Have a Clear Vision of what you want to do and see it through! Be so consistent in your actions that Failures are guaranteed roads to success! And for any other challenge you face that seems insurmountable, remember “if it was easy, Everyone would be doing it!”
Olivia Arnold, Foodista & E-Commerce Expert
I would give three pieces of advice, recognizing that challenges can range widely and that these are not universally applicable. 1) Talk it out with a trusted partner – family, friend, coworker, spouse, etc. – and get a second perspective. 2) Easier said than done, try to not be so hard on yourself or to overcomplicate. 3) Lastly, formulate a plan of attack inclusive of a timeline, concrete next steps, and achievable tasks.
Sydney Garde | Model & student
In life we don’t get to choose whether or not we face adversity, but we are able to choose how we act and respond to it. Look at every hardship as an opportunity to grow and build character. And always follow the 5 by 5 rule; if it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it.
Chaselyn Isabella – software developer + industrial designer
My advice would be to approach the challenge head-on and take it piece by piece, day-by-day. Be fearless and unrelenting and just put forth your best effort. Remember that it’s also okay to ask for help!
Courtney Curry- Motherhood Blogger, Professional & Entrepreneur
There are many things in life that will seem insurmountable in that moment, but the reality of it is, they aren’t. Nothing in this world is impossible without doing the work and keeping the faith. Whenever I am up against a challenge, I try to remove myself from the equation and look at the obstacle from all angles. It’s much easier to see the picture when you’re outside of the frame. I use my best judgement and tackle the obstacle the best way I know how. I put my all into overcoming whatever the challenge may be and that usually makes it seem much less insurmountable. At the end of the day, just know that nothing in the world is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.
Maria Carter aka #MashaFromRussia💃🏼 – Actress, Dancer & Voice Over Artist
First of all, breathe! Second, you are not alone. It is okay to reach out for help and surround yourself with people who can lift you up. And third, don’t try to eat the whole elephant at once. I know you are hungry but cut it out, and eat it piece by piece.
Katie – Feminist blogger, and Yogi at Yogaworks!
I truly believe we can do anything we set our minds to. Manifest it, meditate on it. Love yourself, and you can do anything.
Shree Ray- Chiropractor
Even during the darkest of times, you can always find a source of light. If you can not find an external source, simply become the source. Take a moment to count your blessings and reflect on all of the obstacles you have overcome thus far. I have undoubtedly faced a myriad of challenges that seem insurmountable. Whatever it is that empowers you, focus on that. Take control of what you have the ability to change, and minimize your focus on situations that are beyond your control. Personally, I tend to concentrate on my physique and mental health during these times and this has always led me to a path of clarity in challenging situations.
Carolina Sena Sbresso. Realtor/ Entrepreneur
My advise will be, always do your best! Be patient, and let things go on their own pace. If at the end something go wrong just take it as a lesson.
Sarah Miller – Realtor – Ben Kinney Team Atlanta; Keller Williams
There is a BOLD law that states “Focus on the PLAN, not the PROBLEM” which is what I remind myself of constantly when up against a challenge or issue that appears insurmountable. I ask myself what steps can I take towards a solution and I take them. I don’t allow myself to be overcome by worry and I speak aloud affirmations of my strength and abilities to get it done. I also believe with faith all things are possible.