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Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

No matter your age, it’s never too late to chase your dreams and achieve financial freedom

I don’t know about you, but the ongoing scarcity of women in leadership positions continues to blow my mind. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it’s 2018, because not nearly enough has changed when it comes to gender equality in the last century. It’s well documented that women are just as capable, if not more so, than our male counterparts, yet we still face a tremendous amount of obstacles clawing our way into senior leadership positions.

According to an article in Inc., six of the top issues that contribute to this phenomenon include:

  1. Outdated gender biases that are deeply ingrained in workplace culture.
  2. A gap in perception—in a recent survey, 86 percent of men said women have as many or more opportunities than men do, but only 56 percent of women agreed.
  3. Women in leadership tend to be relegated to traditionally female roles, such as human resources or public relations, versus IT and finance.
  4. Continuous lip service, in which companies say they’re addressing issues of equality but they don’t hold their leadership team accountable for taking action.
  5. Disparity in pay for men and women in the same roles.
  6. Work-life balance concerns, which result in women being put on the “mommy track,” which prevents them from advancing.

Clearly it’s not easy to change workplace culture, but we’ll keep hammering away at it. In the meantime, if any of these six things sound familiar, it’s time to focus your attention on what you can change: your own mindset.

What do you want to do with your life?

Robert asked me this hard-hitting question on our first date. I told him I wanted to start my own business, and that’s what I did.

Yes, it was difficult. I had to learn through experience and a lot of trial and error. Back then, we had nothing—we even lived in our car for a short period of homelessness. It was extremely scary and stressful. But I did not give up…and things worked out just fine in the long run.

My dream became a reality because I had the courage to focus on my financial education, keep moving forward and not let the naysayers change my mindset for success. I remained steadfast in my purpose and zeroed in on my why.

With this in mind, what do YOU want to do with your life? Who do you want to be? What goals do you want to achieve? What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Do you want financial freedom?

Whether you are a mom trying to balance an impossibly tight budget, a stressed-out executive daydreaming about a better life, or just someone who has “settled” for what you have, have you put your dreams on hold? Do you yearn for something more? Something different?

Well, stop making excuses. It’s time to push yourself to the next level!

Life is a never-ending workshop, and when you stop learning, you stop living. Yes, you will make mistakes, but that’s how you learn. The important thing is to take action.

Put yourself in a position where you have to do something beyond what you think you can do. Make yourself just a little uncomfortable.

Sure, it’s scary. And you will have to fight the negativity out there—not only from your own self-doubt, but from all the people who will tell you your dreams are impossible (especially friends and family, who are either jealous or trying to protect you from making mistakes and getting hurt).

But this is how you break out of a rut, build confidence and get the skills and financial education you need to make positive changes happen. This ties in perfectly to my Be-Do-Have philosophy of chasing and achieving your dreams.

Who knows? You just may surprise yourself at what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it!

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