It has been proven that women do great with multitasking. Taking mothers as an example, they have the ability to take care of their house, kids, husband and work, all at the same time. Not only that, but they also never take a NO for an answer, their insistence is one of a kind. So as a woman, starting a new business may put you in a sticky situation, hearing everybody telling you that it’ll never work, that you’re not ready or that you simply are aiming for the impossible, and it’s completely fine, if not expected, for them to say so. As long as you know that the individual who can make you or break is you, and that, no matter what, with enough persistence and finesse, you will succeed no matter what.
Entrepreneurship may be scary and overwhelming, but you know what? It should always be that way, that’s when you know you are doing it the right way.
Female entrepreneurs are feeling better than ever about their business, several women out there accepted the challenge and made it happen. These are the women we should be looking up to and perceiving as role models. Take Folorunsho Alakija for example, Africa’s richest woman, who has worked with high-profile clients such as the former first lady Maryam Babandiga. Alakija is involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited , she is also listed as the 96th most powerful woman in the world.
Another great example would be Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, who became India’s first biotech entrepreneur in 1978 when she founded Biocon. She is listed as one of the top 50 women in business and as the 92nd most powerful woman in the world.
It’s totally fine to feel that fear, that voice inside you saying that there is a great chance you won’t be able to make it, that there are others who can do it better than you, that you are too busy to do it or that you should look for something else that will help you pay your bills. Find your own way to manage that voice. Don’t surrender. Being a woman means you are strong enough to do it not the other way around. You need to thrive in the face of it, take the risk and believe in yourself.
Source: Gulf Elite Magazine / Amna Gebril
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