As women, we are often taught to put others before ourselves, and to be selfless and nurturing. While these are admirable qualities, they can sometimes hold us back from taking risks and making decisions that could ultimately be very good for our careers. I recently had the honour of speaking on a panel for International Women's Day. It was an incredible experience to be able to share my journey, my challenges, and my successes with so many other women who are on their own paths to success.
One of the things that can hold us back is the feeling of guilt. We feel guilty for putting our own needs and ambitions ahead of those of our family or our community. We worry that we will be seen as selfish or uncaring if we prioritize our careers over other aspects of our lives.
But the truth is that we need to be able to put ourselves first sometimes in order to achieve our goals and make a real difference in the world. We need to be able to pursue our passions and take risks, even if it means letting go of some of our other responsibilities for a time.
I know this is easier said than done. As women, we are often judged more harshly for our choices, and it can be hard to navigate the expectations of others while still staying true to ourselves. But we owe it to ourselves and to future generations of women to keep pushing forward, to keep breaking down barriers, and to keep pursuing our dreams.
So, if you are feeling guilty about making a decision that could be good for your career, I want to encourage you to push past those feelings and take that leap of faith. Surround yourself with people who support you, who believe in your abilities, and who are willing to help you along the way.
Remember that it is possible to be a successful professional and a caring, compassionate person at the same time. We don't have to choose between our careers and our families, our communities, or our own well-being. By being true to ourselves and our passions, we can find a balance that works for us and allows us to make a real difference in the world.
Thank you so much to IDC Worldsource Insurance Network for this incredible opportunity. I am beyond grateful. To watch the entire panel please click the link here.