Many successful women make it to the top through perseverance and overcoming extreme adversity.
Oprah Winfrey overcame an impoverished and difficult childhood to become one of the wealthiest women in America by believing that failure is just life pushing you in a different direction. J.K. Rowling was a single mother living on welfare when she wrote the first Harry Potter book, but she persevered through rejection by 12 different publishers before she finally sold her manuscript.
Lucille Ball struggled to be taken seriously as an actor and businesswoman until the runaway success of “I Love Lucy,” which led to her becoming the first woman to run a major television studio and eventually her receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
People are 33% more likely to reach their goals if they write them down:
- Dolly Parton advocates for writing down your goals and then going about life as though you have already achieved them
- Sheryl Sandberg writes her calendars and to-do lists by hand because she believes this is more effective than keeping digital ones
- Simone Biles keeps her goals for the next twelve months written down in a notebook
Taking time to rest and refresh is also important. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty vessel. Reading, meditating, and exercising can keep you centered and on the right track. Achieving work/life balance is also important to everyone, but most especially to mothers, who have a lot more on their plates than the average person.
Michelle Obama does allow motherhood to define her despite her many other accomplishments because she considers it her most cherished role. Learning to balance motherhood and work is crucial to happiness in both.
Learn more about the habits of highly successful women from this infographic from Business Student.