Strength both physical and emotional.
Acceptance and tolerance for others.
Love and unselfishness.
These are some of the qualities that I aspire to develop, the most important being continued growth. My thirst for knowledge, to live a life full of challenge, and my desire to make a difference, continues to push me in my life.
Sheryl Sandberg definitely has qualities that I aspire to develop. She takes on challenges. She works in a very male dominated industry. She sits at the top of very big company without hestation. One of the things that I loved about her was her wasn’t a quality at all. Or maybe it is. The one thing that I admired most was her relationship with her husband.
I remember reading an article about Sheryl and her husband. I thought it was amazing that she was a very high profile leader and yet had an equally strong partner. And she wasn’t ashamed to talk about how they make their relationship work. Maybe not with traditional male/female roles, but in a way that allowed them both to be happy.
Pat Summitt is another woman who has qualities that I aspire to develop. As the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols she lead her team with both respect and strength.
“Quit? Quit? We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities, because they fear failure. They don’t understand commitment. When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do.”– Pat Summitt
The quality to push beyond fear to see of what you are truly capable is something that I truly value and work on daily. To take chances and pursue a different path in life without letting fear hold me back. As I move further up the leadership ladder, I realize how important this is in your life and your career, especially as a female leader.
The Mad Fientist is a really good Podcast I found on iTunes one day. He interviews different people who’ve focused on FI or Financial Independence to understand their unique path to FI. He is a really good host. He is concise and clear in his approach to his interviews. The podcasts seem like friends having a conversation. The insights he brings and the way he steers the conversation is very compelling.
As an introvert, I tend to do a lot better writing than speaking to people directly. This talent that he has is definitly one that I aspire to develop.
Sometimes I think we really should take the time to evaluate the different paths that others may be taking. These paths may lead us to a career that we never knew existed or may lead us to begin a journey to Finacial Independence.
I challenge you to pause your hectic and busy life. Look at the alternatives. Life doesn’t have to be the same path that everyone else is taking.
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”– Robert Frost