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.
Amber London- Blogger
The best advice I would give to someone facing a challenge they feel that is insurmountable is that there is always someone else that has been in the same situation as them and that they’re not alone. It’s very easy to face a problem and feel that you are the only one who has dealt with that particular issue, but most of the time even your closest friends could be facing the same thing. That’s why it’s always important to reach out to your loved ones and talk to them because they will not only lift you up, but may even have a solution to what you’re dealing with. If you feel as if you’re not alone in this, it makes the problem easier to take on and give you encouragement. It’s important to know that it’s not just you and that you are valuable.
Chelsea Smith – Family & Lifestyle Photographer
It’s important to try and wrap your head around what you’re trying to overcome first. Be realistic, but stay positive and believe that you can do anything you set your mind and heart to. At the end of the day, if you accomplish just HALF of your main goal, you’re still successful and a step above where you were to begin with. That in itself is something to be proud of.
Kortnie Watson- CEO of Kortnie Watson Marketing, Marketing Consultant for Small businesses & Private practices in healthcare
Life can bring beautiful moments, but within those beautiful moments we all are faced with challenges. To me, these challenges are a test of character- strength training to help mold us into the person we were always meant to be. For any person thinking about stepping out, and starting their own business- no matter what challenge you are facing or what you will face know that challenges are just an obstacle in the race. Learn how to overcome that obstacle. For me personally, I turn to spiritual guidance, for this by far has by the best remedy when facing difficult challenges. In addition, I have connected with other individuals who have faced similar challenges before. My advice is this-Never give up, keep your goal in mind. Start with step one, remember one step is one step ahead then you were the day before. Never compare to others- stay in your own lane. Remember run your own race. On days when you feel like the world is caving in- it’s just a test of your integrity. There is always sun after a storm and your sunshine will come. If you ask anyone who has earned an noticeable amount of success they will all say that there were and still are many obstacles keeping them from full-filling their purpose. Furthermore, Find a way to move, jump, or eliminate the obstacle and KEEP MOVING. I would like to provide a support system to anyone willing to step out of their comfort zones and start their own business. For any young, female entrepreneurs out there- please reach out to me if you any questions. It takes a village sometimes of positive reinforcement to keep going.
Maya Renae- Working Mom, Family Lifestyle blogger
What’s the best advice you have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable? If you’re facing something right now that you feel is insurmountable, please remember that this too shall pass. You are stronger than you realize and you will get through it and come out better and wiser than you were before.
Sukhman Kaur – Beauty Vlogger
My advice is very simple: JUST KEEP PUSHING. 100% of the time we make challenges out to be ten times worse in our heads than it actually is. It’s important to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and remember that no matter what the situation is, you will always be able to push through it.
Nicole Gales – model/actress
Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth…there is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself… a quote from one my favorite movies…
Alicia Rosato – Actress, Producer & Creative Portrait Model
The best advice I can give someone is that when you’re facing a difficult challenge is be patient and never give up.
Natalie Cousins – Real Estate Coach
Most are fearful because of the Unknown. First find out why you’re feeling this way then look at the positives of what will happen if they overcome that challenge and lastly create a plan that help you to succeed and push through the challenge faced.
Angelique Ka’Mil Tate | Owner / Real Estate Broker
My best advice for someone who is facing a challenge that they feel is insurmountable is taken from my own personal testimony. When faced with challenges, I had to ascertain how bad I truly believed in my vision. I had a plan for my life that I quickly understood needed my undivided attention and FAITH. An obstacle is simply that. It is not something that you cannot overcome. It is something that simply requires you to think outside of the box and put in work to make the necessary adjustments. Faith Without Works IS DEAD!
Cara Chase – Encourager, Adventurer and Entrepreneur
My best advice for someone facing a challenge that feels insurmountable is to first breathe and remind himself or herself that he or she is an incredible human who is far more capable than what is realized. Afterwards, connect with the biggest supporter(s) in his or her life to also be reminded of belief and start with small steps. Find your best mindset and just start by taking the smallest steps that break down the fear of the challenge. You are strong, you are powerful, and challenge is going to push you to find your greatest potential.
Vanessa Leon – Architect & Illustrator
The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is: Trust in yourself and give the best of you because when we give our bests there is no failure ahead of us, just victories, learning and improvement. I will encourage everyone to see the bigger picture, no matter how challenging life gets sometimes, there is always ends and new beginnings.
Claudia Offei – Content Creator/Lifestyle Photographer
We cannot solve the world’s problems without big challenges. Always view challenges as opportunities to stretch us to think better, work better, grow and create.
Cameron Campbell- Auburn University Apparel Merchandising student
I would say to find the joy in the challenge. When I was younger I had severe scoliosis and had to wear a bulky back brace under my clothes for 23 hours a day. I was embarrassed, uncomfortable and had to find creative ways to hide the brace for school, but through that I discovered my love for fashion. Layering the clothes over my brace went from being depressing to becoming my passion. Staying positive and keeping my faith through hard times has allowed me to see the reason for every challenge and appreciate every good thing.
Erinn Butts- Content Creator
We do not get to choose our problems, but we always have a choice In deciding how we face them. Think thoughts that are helpful and be mindful of thoughts that hurt you. Life is 99% attitude.
Kate Corley- Model
Prosperity will come to those who sustain the will to keep fighting.
Miquela Redwood, Event Designer & Soul Seeker
1. Meditate – this practice helps me to clear my head and sit still for a moment 2. Wait for the solution to be presented to you. It will come! 3. While you’re meditating and waiting you may have setbacks and negative thoughts. You may even slip into depression. This is where it gets tough. I talk to myself. When I feel like staying in bed. I say, “get it together Miquela, get moving” I usually listen. I talk to close friends and family members. Not because I’m looking for a solution. I just want to be heard. I just want to express myself. During this period I recognize the pain, the frustration, the anger and I accept those feelings. It’s ok to feel like you’re stuck and have no idea what to do next. Just don’t stay in stuck. Recognize it and keep moving. Knowing that everything in life is temporary you just gotta keep moving. The challenge won’t last forever!
Blu – Wellness and healthy living advocate
1. Never be afraid to ask for help.
2. Take a break and visit a place that inspires you.
3. Be proud of how hard you’re trying!
Aundrea Miller – Photographer. Artist. Educator
The best advice I could give to someone going through a challenge they feel is unconquerable is to stay positive. Life is always going to have obstacles. Some will be good and some will be bad. Whatever the case may be, you have to remain optimistic in order to truly overcome the challenge at hand. I strongly believe that life is a cycle and what goes around comes around. Therefore, you must emit positivity to receive it in return. Negativity doesn’t accomplish anything. Instead of seeing failures as setbacks; use then as future comebacks.