A few weeks ago, we chatted about success. What it looks like and what it means to each of us. While we all have to define the parameters of our own success, I think we can agree that the conquest of certain endeavors should be considered success. One of these endeavors, for example, is building a business. Anyone brave enough to be a full time entrepreneur and create a sustainable business, in my humble opinion, is a success. And what a coincidence that today is National Entreprenur’s Day 😉?!
The word entrepreneur comes from the French word entreprendre, meaning “undertake.” If you think about it, entrepreneurs take on a lot - from risk and uncertainty to long days and nights to a plethora of responsibilities that no one person should physically be able to have. Yet, entrepreneurs work 24/7 to assemble an empire. Anyone who watches the show Shark Tank is likely familiar with how much is put into building a company (and how important/amusing a good pitch is!).
In his 2019 TEDx Talk, organizational psychologist and bestselling author, Benjamin Hardy, describes how he studied the differences between wannabe entrepreneurs and successful ones. One of the questions he asked the wannabes and the real deals is, “Have you ever had a point of no return experience?” Hardy found that almost all of the wannabe entrepreneurs said no and that almost all of the entrepreneurs said yes. And what often created a point of no return experience was making a financial investment in the goal.
1. Reshma Saujani - CEO & Founder of Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code to close the gender gap in technology by equipping young women with the skills and resources they need to pursue opportunities for a computer science education. She actually began her career as an attorney and activist, but ran for Congress in 2010. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, leading her to start Girls Who Code. So far the company has received over $6.5 million in funding, with investors including Walmart, Lyft, and Uber. Talk about badass!
2. Sallie Krawcheck - CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest
Did you know that 86% of Investment Advisors are men, with an average age of 50 and above? The investment industry, which is supposed to be “gender-neutral”, really defaults to men’s salaries, career paths, preferences and lifespans. During her time leading Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Citi Private Bank as CEO, Sallie Krawcheck noticed that the investing industry has been “by men, for men”. Sallie has made it her life’s mission to unleash women’s financial power and get them invested in their biggest goals. Cheers to you, Sallie!
3. Angela Brasington - CEO & Founder of Anjé Clothing
Nope, this is not rigged - our CEO and Founder is a total girlboss 😎. After spending 10 years in the fashion industry, Angela founded Anjé, nurturing the startup through trade shows, fashion shows, incubators and even signing venture capital deals! Almost six years after Anjè’s birth, Angela continues to stay on her toes to ensure that the business is pivoting in ways that keep up with changing technologies and trends! On a mission to make all women feel beautiful, Angela has always designed and built this brand with all of you lovely Anjéls at the forefront of her mind and heart!
Who are the entrepreneurs that inspire you? Do you run your own business? Talk to us!