Celebrating a milestone birthday with a walk down memory lane.
1. The important thing is that women want to make a difference in the world more than anything. They want to authentically make a positive impact on people’s lives, and oftentimes that’s their family or community or the greater country and even the world. So, what I have f. ound inspiring over the last five years is how my concept of what I thought a business should be in terms of the classic masculine definition of a business is actually nonexistent. LimeLife’s business is about emotions and caring about people and really wanting better for other people. As a result of that, we tend to see the most positive results for people and sometimes those results are in the form of income but in other ways, it’s confidence, self-awareness, and friendships. The intangibles make life, and business, much more joyful.
2. We are in absolute control of our destiny more than we give ourselves credit for. We can be our own worst enemies sometimes when it comes to going out and getting what we want out of our lives. It’s almost like we need permission to visualize better lives so instead, we get in our heads and block our own destiny with fear of judgment and fear of failure. In doing that, we only continue to perpetuate this and put ourselves in these invisible handcuffs that keep us from living a more inspired future. Until we break through that, we’re never going to be able to elevate ourselves as a gender to this next level.
3. Truly giving and collaborative work environments that are free of competition with others can produce really strong results. I think that this might stem from me being someone who was a scientist and then a teacher and then a mother, but I have never worked in a traditional corporate environment so I never had an understanding of cultures that might be more competitive internally as well as really competitive with other people. When people ask me who’s my competition and they want me to give them the name of a company, I don’t know the name of that because I think of it the other way. I’m either inspired or not inspired. My stand is for women, and if another company is doing something that falls into that stand then they’re going to get my attention and love in my support.
4. Having a mission win is more important than having a selfish win, and sometimes a victory for a mission can be perceived as a step back for someone personally. The minute you become more mission-based in your thinking, actions, and beliefs, everything falls into place from there.
5. One of my favorite quotes is, “Life doesn’t get easier, you just get better.” What I love about that is that the process that we all inherently have that happens to us, which allows you to do bigger and greater things and find more joy in that. If the Michele of 5 years ago dove into what I’m doing right now, she’d be miserable and overwhelmed and would fail but the process of leveling up over time has allowed me to do what I’m doing. It’s really challenging and being in this higher level allows me to play a bigger game and a harder game than the self of 5 years ago.