There has been no better time in history to be a woman than today.
We are on the brink of a potentially monumental moment in history if Hilary Clinton wins the presidential election. Today is the best time for young girls to listen to women leaders in their communities for guidance and wisdom.
The focus is no longer just on women; it's also on girls. The future of work and the state of women. Slate Studio, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and General Assembly held an outstanding conference on June 4th - Women and Girls in Tech: The Future of Work - an inspiring discussion with leaders at the forefront of technology, entertainment and media.
Here are 7 life changing takeaways to share with the girls and women in your surroundings.
1. Honor Yourself
"Whatever it is that your quirks are... celebrate them, those are the things that make you awesome." - Cristina Mancini. Executive Vice President of Franchise Management, 20th Century Fox
Know the authentic you. Spend time to get to know the true gifts you bring to the world. Find a path that involves using and sharing your gifts with society. This will ultimately bring you the most success and fulfillment.
2. Lean In
"You have to crave those moments where you are totally wiping out because otherwise you're not going to develop the muscles that poise you for success. I don't think anyone is successful on accident." Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon Media
When you are up against push back from the world around you, challenging moments or push back from emotions within... that's the time to lean in. If you are truly honoring your gifts, there will be moments where you have to also fight for your right to share your gift with the world. Push through the barriers and channel your inner warrior.
3. Stay Humble
"Are you willing to take out the trash? We've all had to take out the trash." Robyn Ward, Head of New Media Ventures, United Talent Agency
Once you get to a place where you've succeeded, even just a little, you may not need to do the kind of work you were doing when you first started. Stay humble. Always be willing to do menial work . This work will remind you of your path and keep you connected to your passion.
4. Participate, Don't Be An Observer
"Participate in your life. Don't be afraid to be yourself by doing the things you love. Have the courage not to give up on them just to fit in." Meredith Walker, Producer, Co-founder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
Wherever you find yourself, participate. If you don't know what you're doing or you don't feel that you 'fit in,' you will immediately begin to understand your environment if you allow yourself the courage to participate. Don't just observe others; get out there and take action, apply yourself.
5. Fail And Then Fail Better
"When u fall, you don't hit the ground, you hit a trampoline & bounce back, bounce higher." - Dea Lawrence, Chief Marketing Officer, Variety
Failing is a part of the life's path. Learn from your failures. Allow yourself to emotionally and intellectually digest what your failures and give yourself the opportunity to try again. Fail better and fail better again.
6. Know Your Inner Critic
"Chances are you are your worst critic, so be kind to yourself. Be willing to ask for help and keep people around you who lift you up and keep you grounded." Brady Hahn, Founder, Insight Collective
Your inner critic can be harsh. Often, your inner critic is the harshest out of all the critics you will come across. Learn to be kind to yourself along your path. You're the only one you have on your team till the end. Be on your own team. Surround yourself with people who are on your team and are willing to be a resource to you and your endeavors. Create boundaries with both your internal and external critics.
7. Don't Be Afraid To Use Your Intuition
"Follow your inner compass. If it doesn't make sense to you, it probably doesn't make sense." Kara Buckley (Venture Architect Principal, BCG Digital Ventures)
Intuition helps you take a leap of faith or avoid a pitfall that seems logically sound. The only way to trust your intuition is to use it. Don't be afraid to use your intuition and develop a solid relationship with it. Your biggest life and work decisions require intuition.