Business Women, BE BOLD
“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” – Basil King
One of the boldest women I know – Sarah – identified her dream job with a particular record label last year, and has since spent this year pursuing this company fiercely and relentlessly. In attempts to get them to create a job for her, she sent them creative packages in the mail with her vision and ideas for their company. These packages represented her skill set, what she would bring to the table to further their business if they hired her (brilliant!); she built a relationship with one person within the company, meanwhile emailing other execs, called and followed up with them non-stop — even when she was discouraged and was not getting a response at all, or merely getting vague non-committal responses (which was often).
I was witness to Sarah’s low points and doubt, but she relied on a support system to encourage her to not give up. And so she persevered. The result? This week she moved to a new city, met with the company executives, and was offered the job! Wow.
I’m willing to bet you have a story of boldness too. I know I have my own personal triumphs and failures in being bold. I believe every woman does.
So what does being bold mean? I’ve come to think that it is a very unique thing.
Here are some ideas of how you might BE BOLD in your own way:
- Be honest
- Ask for what you need or want
- Take time for you
- Take on new projects to grow, develop new skills, and get out of your comfort zones
- Don’t think outside of the box, think of a NEW box
- Set a goal, intention, and timeline
- Persevere, be relentless, don’t give up
- Be more creative in your presentation, project proposal
- Publicly stand up for something important to you
- Write someone you admire and tell them why
- Reach out to someone you want to m
- Say no
- Say you disagree
- A little rebellion – go against the norm
- Take a risk
- Try a new idea in your job
- Harness courage even if you are afraid
- Make failure your friend
- Act confident even if you aren’t
- Do something to stand out – with your resume, in networking, business cards, online, in a presentation, etc.
- What else would you add?
Like a sunrise, each one of us is unique yet brilliant in our acts of boldness.
BE BOLD in your career, business and dreams. Let’s celebrate women’s acts of professional boldness globally.
We want to hear and celebrate your stories, triumphs, and share your lessons learned:
What does being bold mean to you? In what ways have you been bold?
Write and tell us your story here.