Do you ever just feel like you’re at a loss for words? Me too. Or perhaps even worse is that I have words. Many of them, in fact. But none that feel quite as important as someone else’s. My trials aren’t as serious as what someone else endured. My talents aren’t as skillful as the next person’s. My storytelling isn’t as strong as another writer. You get the point. I’m at a loss for words.
And yet, I still find myself climbing out of my warm bed at 4:30am each morning to sit at a computer and string unimportant words together in an attempt to empower, to inspire, to encourage. See, there will always be someone else who’s more experienced, more connected, more influential. It’s not a competition. We can all do seemingly the same thing, working together to make a positive impact on the world.
And that dream you’re pursing? There’s room for you, too. Don’t get caught up in the comparison game. Use those who’ve gone before you as motivation. Be grateful that they’ve paved the way for you. And recognize that what you have to offer is unique and different even if the tasks may be similar. We need your work.
So show up with your music, your keen eye behind a camera, the loving care you provide your patients, your patient teaching style with your young students, the way you go above and beyond to serve your clients, your example of strong entrepreneurship as you lead your company. We need each and every one of you in the workplace showing us what is possible. Keep setting that bar high as to what women are capable of. Show up in your field. Find those words and use your voice!