Today I want to tell you guys about a terrific read – Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! by Jenn Aubert. Jenn is an entrepreneur herself, running a successful acupuncture business in San Francisco. While building that business she realized there was a big gaping hole where female role models for entrepreneurs should be. She then spent a year researching why role models matter and writing this great and easy to read book to encourage any would-be female entrepreneurs out there that their dreams can be accomplished!
Jenn starts out strong by stating that any ladies reading the book should already consider themselves role models. From the very get-go of starting your own business, you should consider the need for female role models – not only that you need one yourself at that point, but that someday some other woman might need you.
I don’t know about you, but that’s an awfully empowering statement to me. It’s really lodged in my brain. As a female, whenever I worked as a stagehand, I knew I had to be excellent. Not just good, I had to be as good as every guy on that crew. I had to make sure there was no reason for that company to not want to hire a woman whenever one applied. It’s not fair, but it’s a fact of life in male dominated careers – ladies, sometimes you’re representing more than just yourself.
It was weird to me though to think of that in this entrepreneurial light. To begin with, I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur. I’ve done some stuff and have some interests that are definitely entrepreneurial, but I never really characterized myself that way. One of the great things about Jenn’s book is that there are lots of little checkpoints as you read – asking you questions, making you pause to think and giving you baby step prompts to get you moving.
As I came across those, I realized that my blog really is sort of a business venture, but more because I do have a vision for it – one I never even fully realized until reading this book.
Can you think of 3 female role models right now?
It’s harder than you thought, isn’t it? And if we don’t include Oprah, how many of you just lost one of the 3? It took me longer than it should’ve, but eventually I came up with:
My 3 Female Role Models:
- My Mom –life and everything in general
- Kylie Ofiu –successful and profitable blogging
- Cathy of BubbleandGeek – running a successful Etsy shop
Now that we’ve found some role models, what’s stopping us? A key aspect is often fear. Fear of every kind you can imagine, but in another little gem, Jenn points out “often the best antidote for fear is action (41),” and I couldn’t agree more.
I loved the story of Sara Blakely, found of Spanx, who had to share something that she’d failed at that week at the dinner table while growing up. Her dad taught her that if you weren’t failing at something regularly, you weren’t trying, and not trying was the real failure.
Another neat little aspect of the book was the “Success” playlist – in a whimsical touch, Jenn included an assortment of inspirational tunes like Roar, Shake It Out and Applause.
I could also write an entire article on how much I loved her take on “being fine.” I loved the whole book with its different inspirational stories, especially the gems of wisdom from successful women, and great tips to keep moving towards your goals, but since this paragraph was my favorite, I’m going to finish up by sharing it with you and then telling you to go and buy this book! Especially if you’re trying to get your own business off the ground.
When the word fine enters your vocabulary – look out. Fine is such an emotionless reaction to being asked, “How are you?” Quite frankly, what is fine, anyway? It isn’t good, it surely isn’t great, but it is neither bad nor crappy, either. Fine is the response one gives you while also flashing that plastic smile resembling someone who’s heavily sedated. Trust me, you don’t want to go through life one more day just being fine (68).
What are you waiting for?
*Please note that I was provided with a copy of this book for free in order to provide this review, but all opinions are my own. And legit. It’s a good read.*