I try not to mix politics with business. However, after the presidential election results a few days ago, I can’t help but comment. Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, but what you can’t deny is that she was the most qualified candidate for the Office of the President. In fact, she was the most qualified candidate to ever run for the office of the President. But that didn’t matter. At the end of the day, she didn’t get the job. Why? Because someone else had to give her permission to enter the Oval Office. And as a woman watching, it stung. But it wasn’t an unfamiliar sting. I don’t think any woman who has ever competed for a job, where someone else had to grant you access, hasn’t been there; needing someone else’s permission, someone else’s validation to grant you access to something that you worked hard for and were more than qualified to handle.
I worked in corporate American for over 14 years and have been there many times – someone else holding the purse strings, deciding whether or not you would get a raise, regardless of how hard you worked or followed the rules. Someone else deciding how much you would make, regardless of how much revenue you were generating for the company. The more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it seemed to me to accept someone else deciding how much money I was going to make. I just couldn’t shake that thought. And I know I’m not the only woman, nor will I be the last, to experience this. We hear it all the time – women struggling with work life balance, fighting for maternity leave, etc. The one thing I realized, which ultimately made me decide to quit my job and focus on my business, was that if I wanted to live life on my own terms, I’d have to build my own sh*t. So I did. And I’m happy to see that more women are taking the entrepreneur route to build the life they want to live. And I’m hopeful that more women will take the entrepreneur leap.
We’ve been conditioned to believe that if we’re smart and work really, really hard and play nice, the gate keepers will let us into their magic sandbox. But once you spend enough time in the real world, you know that’s bologna – I don’t care what you do – some people just don’t want you in their sandbox. And that’s cool. Because you know what? That gives you the opportunity to make the most epic, kick ass sandbox that will make all the other sandboxes jealous. We as women are too amazing and talented to beg for the scraps someone is willing to give us. We deserve to live big, bold, satisfying lives. And If some employer, investor, etc. doesn’t see your value, move on and find someone who does. Women, it’s time for us to build our own sh*t so that we can live life on our own terms, no permission needed.