Bust the Barriers to YOUR Success
By now I think you probably know my background: I wasn’t born wealthy. I dropped out of college. I was fired from a job I thought I could have forever. I married for love, not money. And I’ve spent 11 challenging, but exceptionally rewarding, years building my own multi-million dollar business. I’m proud of it.
But along the way, I admit that I’ve often envied many other women entrepreneurs – especially ones who’ve seemed to have all of the right connections, access, money and answers. They’ve seemed to just breeze into big success. Sometimes I’ve even told myself: “Yeah, of course it’s easy for them to succeed, especially with that kind of backing.” (I’m sure we’ve all thought that about someone at some point.)
So I was relieved to discover that some of those women struggle like the rest of us, that nothing is handed to them and that building a business is very hard work for them, too.
All this from the mouth of drop-dead gorgeous Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, a former professional boxer and Dancing with the Stars alum who is launching a brand of cosmetic and hair products under her name in drug stores around the country.
During a small business session I hosted at Maria Shriver’s conference, Laila told me that her father’s superstardom might have opened some doors, but just barely. Whether getting her cosmetology license to open a nail salon at 18 where she’d pamper clients with manicures and massages, to earning a championship women’s boxing title, to her newest endeavor, she said she’s faced naysayers every step of the way. Now she’s hustling hard to launch and promote her line. Nothing about the entire process has been easy — that silver spoon didn’t bring magical success.
Humor helps, too. When I asked her to share some advice for women interested in launching a beauty line without a famous name, Laila deadpanned, “I’d tell them to call you!”
I’m a big believer that we all face challenges getting where we want to go – and, more importantly, each of us has the power within us to bust the barriers that stand in our way of achieving our goals. What’s the one thing you could do today to put yourself on that path?