For today’s, #LifeatLW feature, I am writing about something near and dear to my heart. The LW team had the opportunity to attend the Women Win event and panel at Champs Sports this past Monday. One of the best parts was that we had our very own CEO (and proud girl boss) Lauren Walsh, speaking on the panel! The event itself was so powerful. As a young female, I had this amazing sense of empowerment as I left- I was ready to change the world. And I know I am not alone here... this is a common feeling and ultimate goal for the LW team.
When reflecting on this event, here is what I came away with that I wanted to share:
1. Don’t look at others as competition, view them as a way to collaborate
By making this simple mindset change, you will be benefiting in more ways than one. From a personal standpoint, this is more of a positive way of going about life in general (glass half full kind of mantra). At LW, we are all about positivity and how it can benefit you both personally and professionally. From a professional standpoint, you will not only be growing your personal network, but also your brand/company as you create, (what we like to call at LW) a mutually beneficial partnership.
2. Us girls need to stick together
The harsh reality of working in sports is, WE (women) are working in a male-dominated industry. Sounds cliche, but us girls need to have each other’s backs. We can be WAY more successful as a united front, rather than individuals. It is human nature to want to be someone’s role model. I know very few professional women that deny the opportunity to mentor the younger generations. We all have those who we admire or look up to. Look at those who you admire; utilize them. Let them educate you to help you build your empire. Then, right along with that, do the same for others! Be that role model and mentor figure to help another build their empires.
3. Keep your mind busy by focusing on yourself
In today’s digital society, it is so easy to compare yourself to other women. This is a self-deteriorating process that does nothing but lead to un-productivity and bad self morale. I believe one of the hardest things about being a woman in today’s society is the constant comparison to one another. How can we fix this? Focus on YOU and YOUR goals. If you are busy chasing your dreams and making it happen, you flat out don’t have time to compare yourself to others.
4. Be confident and YOU in all situations
Your confidence can carry you a long way. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Going right along with that, it’s so important to stay true to yourself and your personal values. So many times in business, what you feel right in your heart, might cost you money, relationships, and even opportunities. By staying true to yourself and following your heart, you may take a short-term burden, but long-term, you save yourself from stress, anxiety, heartbreak, and overall well being.
I hope these #takeaways help you as you continue both your personal and professional careers :)
2018 LW Summer Intern