What does it take for successful business women to get to the top? The same thing it takes successful businessmen — sacrifice, determination, persistence, people who have a problem, and their product which is a solution to this problem. Business women need 100% focus and concerted effort in order to succeed.
Arianna Huffington is leaving the Huffington Post to concentrate fully on her new health & wellness company, Thrive Global.
Marissa Mayer is getting a lot of hate on the Internet for saying she was working 130 work weeks and pulling all nighters (even as a mom) at Google.
Mary Kay Ash quit her job after seeing a man she trained being promoted. She then wrote a book to help women in business. This began the stages for Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Sara Blakely began Spanx when she couldn’t find the pantyhose she wanted. She kept getting turned down from male investors because they weren’t understanding the concept, as there were already pantyhose on the market. She kept pursuing.
Arlan Hamilton went from being homeless to being a multi-millionaire within one year.
These women are exceptional because they realize the biggest investment one can give to a business is oneself. Not all women will do this, not all women want to do this. The fact that this is what these women wanted and pursued is what makes these five women listed above exceptional.
Arianna Huffington realizes that she cannot get her new business off the ground unless she devotes herself 100% to it. She has decided to focus on her new business, confident in the stability of her online site. This businesswoman wants Thrive Global to work. She wants to be dedicated to it, something she knew she could not provide if she were still tied to HuffPo.
The rest of these women are the same in that, they were living, breathing, eating, (probably dreaming) about their businesses. These women kept pushing, they gave their all to these new brands. They did not let being told no or condescending attitudes towards them get in the way of their dreams (read: money).
These women knew that had a good product (except Hamilton, who figured others, whom she feels are underrepresented in the business world, had good products). They decided to commit their entire beings to promoting this product. They put these businesses above EVERYTHING and they never kept striving to get them where they wanted them to be.
We mentioned Marissa Mayer earlier this week. 130 hours she worked per 168 hours per week is not sustainable for everybody, but, this was what she wanted. She LOVED what she was doing and figured she was making a difference. If she felt her efforts would not have been appreciated, she couldn’t have done this. The human psyche cannot sustain that level of commitment for something it loathes or merely tolerates.
These women decided what was MOST important to them. They gave up their own time, energy, and pride to promote their business which is an extension of themselves. This way is the ONLY way to be successful in business.